By Justin Robinson | Drama
A marriage is broken by a child's death, but kept alive by memories held in grape soda.
Bobby is an ordinary man, married for some time to his wife Sherry. It’s not a happy marriage — there’s a hint of past unresolved tragedy that doesn’t reveal itself until the very end — and the couple’s bond hangs together on a fragile thread.
Intimate, subtle and precisely constructed, this family drama captures those moments in life where a couple can go either way: they can move forward together or split apart in different directions.
Well-acted all around, the short is anchored by a powerful performance by actor Mark Ashworth, who offers incredible vulnerability and melancholy as a man adrift in his own life and alienated from everyone around him.
“Grape Soda” is full of quiet observation and patient compassion, offering a moving portrait of the powerful emotions underlying ordinary life — and the courage it takes to confront enormous loss.
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