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Everything We Loved is the debut feature film from New Zealand writer/director Max Currie. Shot entirely on location in beautiful New Zealand, Everything We Loved stars Brett Stewart, Sia Trokenheim, and five-year-old newcomer Ben Clarkson. Financed by The New Zealand Film Commission, this shimmering art house drama premiered at The 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival to sold-out screenings.
“Charlie once made a living as a traveling magician. His picture-perfect marriage and family, though, has been torn asunder by a crippling loss. What will Charlie do to reclaim the family he loves?
In this arresting drama, the ideal of marriage and parenthood is tested by Charlie’s grief-driven deviance, his overwhelming desire to raise a child, and his ability to create the grandest illusion of them all: happiness.
With a young boy named Tommy as a prop, Angela, Charlie’s wife, eventually becomes complicit in the couple’s charade. Will Tommy fall under their spell too, or will the grand illusion come unraveled?
Writer/director Max Currie’s debut feature is a stunning, even-handed depiction of the lengths we’ll go to create and maintain the appearance of happiness. But don’t be fooled; there is more here than meets the eye. “Everything We Loved" is a fragile, meditative critique of the damage that arises from emotional sleight of hand."
- Palm Springs Int. Film Festival.
“With its convincingly drawn characters and,
in Brett Stewart and Sia Trokenheim, two actors who can do their complex parts justice, this high-end drama convinces on an emotional level."
Five year old Ben Clarkson is “...a natural child actor who makes Tommy’s initial confusion, his natural curiosity and desire for stability and love at any cost all come alive."