Movie Details

A young couple struggling with the demands of parenthood are at once united and driven apart by their common responsibilities in this atmospheric independent drama. Lena (Stephanie Vizzi) is a 17-year-old girl living in the Baltimore suburb of Hamilton. Not long ago Lena gave birth to a child fathered by her boyfriend Joe (Chris Myers), but while he tries to do his part in raising the baby, she's currently living with his family, while he's staying elsewhere as he tries to raise some money doing odd jobs. Over the course of two sticky hot summer days, Lena tries to track down Joe as she prepares to leave town for a month's vacation; her search for her boyfriend is impeded by a lazy lack of momentum brought on by the heat, and her pursuit is nearly silent, with the familiar sounds of bugs, lawn mowers, and children playing filling the soundtrack. Hamilton was the first feature film from writer and director Matt Porterfield, and received its premier at the 2006 Wisconsin Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi