Directed by: Motke Dapp
Written by: Motke Dapp
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Another Version of You
From the mind and directorial hand of Motke Dapp, Another Version of You explores the alternate universe theory as a love story. Diggsy has just lost what he believes is his one true love Suzette, to another man. The film opens with her marrying another man, leaving no hope for our protagonist of a coupling. Dreadfully depressed, Diggsy finds himself at a bar drinking his pain away. It's at this point he meets a man, who gives him a key stating that using said key will open any door. But not just unlock any door, the open door will lead to an alternate reality. One in which he can find/pursue a new relationship with a different version of Suzette.
The problem is that he will have to find a version of her that is similar to his own, and also find a version of a world where his alternate self is out of the picture in some form. Oh, and he can never go back. This is a one way trip. What follows is Diggsy bouncing around through various, and sometimes crazy realities; and the alternate versions of Suzette, himself, and everyone he knows can be a blast to witness. What a great concept, and one that is executed pretty well; especially when you consider this is an independent, micro budget film.
Another thing I enjoyed about this film is that it really doesn't try and explain how the reality shifting works, keeping things simple. Magic key, go through door, can't come back. By not attempting to overly complicate or confuse it's viewers, it leaves things open for the story itself, as well as character development. Even so, not all realities are created equally. Some just feel like they were jammed in to push the point across, but because Diggsy uses the key so often, it never becomes a real issue except when talking about the length of the film.
Another Version of You is not all shits and giggles. There are some darker aspects at play that I will leave for the viewer to pick out. This is a romantic comedy, but that doesn't mean it all has to be sparkling and happy. Pushing onward to the characters themselves, Diggsy, his sister, Suzette, and even the "random" waitress that happens to pop up all over the place are all interesting in their own ways. I especially enjoyed the romance arc that develops between him and the waitress. Very well done. As expected, Diggsy and Suzette are excellently cast but his sister playes second fiddle to nobody. The point is that Motke Dapp has a talent for casting and getting the best out of the performers, making this film a very enjoyable experience.
This title is one of the better micro budget films I've seen in a while. In terms of pacing, story, and acting, there's very little left on the bone to complain about. Highly recommended, even if science fiction is not your cup of tea.