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Giggling, lusty whispers, shouting, blaring music, the library-like hush of a coffee shop: So begins The Mend, writer-director John Magary’s debut feature. The sequence of sounds acts as a precursor for the film that follows, swerving between muffled tension and outright primal screams. The loud-quiet-loud mirrors the film’s two main characters, brothers Mat (Josh Lucas) and Alan (Stephen Plunkett), sons of, we glean, a tomcatting father who left the two 30-somethings embittered and psychologically battered.
May 7, 2014