ALL SAINTs Day
[ 2021 – feature film (in development) – dark comedy ]
a new project from the playwright and director duo of PLAYDATE
To prevent his oldest brother from drinking himself to death, Ronan must seek help from their estranged Priest brother, leading to an unexpected family reunion and a botched intervention.
a film by Matt Aaron Krinsky | written by Julianne Homokay
produced by Matt Aaron Krinsky
Ronan Connolly is slowly enabling his oldest brother’s death.
As Kier’s lone caretaker, Ronan is fiercely loyal to the brother who raised him, sincerely means well, and doesn’t even recognize what he’s doing. All Ronan knows is that he’s using his hard-earned money to keep Kier sustained with the only things he’ll consume – booze, cigarettes, and pizza bites – because his stubborn brother is unwilling (and increasingly unable) to venture out from their family’s tenement apartment in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a multi-cultural enclave directly across the Mystic River from Boston.
In many ways, though, this arrangement suits Ronan just fine, using it as the excuse to why he never finished high school or made something of himself. Not to mention that constantly tending to Kier allows Ronan to self-justify his own free-wheeling tendencies when it comes to jobs, women, and partying!
But with Kier hitting the bottle harder than ever, and Ronan desperately trying to ignore his brother’s onset of dementia, Ronan is forced to face reality when he catches Kier having a “conversation" with the baby sister they gave up for adoption decades ago.
This sight, combined with a toilet full of bloody vomit, compels Ronan to very reluctantly seek help from their estranged brother Mickey, a priest in Los Angeles who left Boston 15 years earlier and never looked back.
Father Mickey returns home with a surprise guest on November 1st – coinciding with the Catholic All Saints’ Day feast holiday – intent on immediately getting Kier into rehab. This impromptu family reunion leads to the resurfacing of all the old tensions and a botched (darkly comedic) intervention, leaving everyone questioning how far you can ever really stray from your home and family.