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Tiger Tail in Blue2012

  • 4.2
Chris, a young newlywed, waits tables all night and writes novels all day, obsessing over what little past he has to reflect on. His wife Melody, a high school English teacher, is in love with him, though his lifestyle poses a financial burden. The two work opposing schedules and rarely get to see one another, which is taking its toll. The film dips into the surreal, playing with the rhythms of the passing days of married life and the blurry lines of fantasy and commitment. Featuring a score by acclaimed jazz musicians John Medeski and Chris Speed, TIGER TAIL IN BLUE is a gentle ballad to putting your eggs in one basket, counting your chickens before they’re hatched, not being able to see the forest through the trees and doing whatever you damn-well-please.

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Frank V. Ross pulls off a very nuanced bit of Surrealism in this otherwise painfully realistic study of a young married couple dealing with competing job schedules to find time to be together.

There is never any doubt that these two people love each other, but it isn't clear how they will work through restrictions of time and an economic inequity to continue to grow together.

Rebecca Spence gives strong performances as her character's husband begins to interact with an idea of his wife as well as her realistic incarnation. Frank V. Ross has cast himself in the leading role. He does a solid job, but it might have worked better with another actor as the husband.

"Tiger Tail in Blue" works as a naturalistic snapshot of a winter in the life and edges out something a bit more complex way via a shift in the husband's perspective. The smartest aspect of this shift is the fact that Ross never pulls the focus on it. It is a welcomed concept.