Double Negative (16m, U S A) dir. by Brian Dilg
Dottie is just a pissed-off schoolteacher drinking her way through the summer after her husband left her for another man. All she ever wanted was to get as far as possible from the bad neighborhood she grew up in, but she cared too much to walk away, having spent her entire adult life teaching English to kids who could care less in the old neighborhood. She’s sure that everything she’s done with her life has been one huge mistake.
Jamal is a twelve year old boy who who shows up in her back yard one Sunday morning. He’s secretly searching for the truth about the mysterious death of his father. All the acerbic Dottie wants is to be left alone in her misery, but she’s outmatched by the even sharper tongued Jamal, a stubborn boy who won’t give up until he’s exposed every one of the stunning secrets that they have in common.
In this bittersweet comedy, this unlikely pair discover that they have secrets in common that are destroying them both, and find unexpected friendship and hope even at the lowest point of their lives.