Laws of Gravity


Time Out says

We're back among the low-life on the mean streets of Brooklyn. Jimmy (Greene) and Jon (Trese) are two hustlers, the first under pressure from a loan-shark, the second so volatile he'll punch out anyone who annoys him, including girlfriend Celia (Field). Though hope springs eternal for the no-hoper men, Jimmy's wife (Falco) is tiring of it all, and when the guys get involved with gun-dealer Frankie (Schulze), tensions come to a head. Writer/director Gomez's first feature is nothing if not authentic. The performances are raw and itchy, the camerawork (by Jean de Segonzac) and cutting determinedly vérité, the script a frazzled blend of inconsequential character-chatter and aggressive outbursts. But if it's hard to fault the overall execution - the performances, especially, are solid - there's a problem that the film is so familiar. The pairing recalls early Scorsese, the gritty visual and verbal style Cassavetes. Efficient, but derivative.


Release details

98 mins

Cast and crew

Nick Gomez
Nick Gomez
Peter Greene
Edie Falco
Adam Trese
Arbella Field
Paul Schulze
Saul Stein