Beth (Vivian Kerr) has recently been laid off and struggles to maintain the appearance of a successful middle-class lifestyle as she bounces around Los Angeles. Hoping to land a new job and change her situation before her estranged older brother Ben (Anthony Rapp) finds out, Beth must confront her own pride in order to reconnect with him and provide for her young daughter Birdy. Meanwhile, Ben and his wife Stacy (Lana Parrilla) consider a third round of IVF and Stacy, a successful attorney, must re-evaluate her own conflicted relationship with motherhood.
Writer-director Vivien Kerr brings a story of estranged siblings Beth and Ben. One thrived, while the other faltered after the death of their parents. Beth lives in her car, spending beyond her means and shirking parenting responsibilities of her 5-year-old daughter, while Ben is a successful fantasy novelist whose wife is going through IVF.
Beth is not a likable character. She is a selfish mess. Underneath is deep unresolved trauma that manifests in habits like spending money as a coping mechanism, endless lying, and terrible decision-making. Kerr lives in the role. You will grapple with supporting her self-destructive behavior. Anthony Rapp plays Ben with a gentle tone. He carries palpable guilt for things beyond his control. Rapp is excellent. He effortlessly embodies a man in a quiet emotional crisis.
I feel like SCRAP would do well as a series. Kerr gives us just enough backstory to reel us in, and there is a complexity that drives Beth and Ben. I would love to see more of their childhood. SCRAP allows for a redemption story and one of healing. I feel compelled to ask Kerr for more of this family. The film speaks to a vast number of Americans struggling to stay afloat. It is unimaginably relatable.
SCRAP was written, directed, and produced by Vivian Kerr and was produced by Rachel Stander. The film has a running time of 105 minutes and is available for sale in all territories.
The film had its World Premiere at Deauville International Film and is currently screening as part of Cinequest where it recently had its US Premiere.
SCRAP WILL SCREEN AT THE PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL AT THE FOLLOWING TIMES:
Friday, March 31st, 2023 – 2:25pm
Saturday, April 1st, 2023 – 4:35pm
Sunday, April 2nd, 2023 – 4:40pm
(Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theater)