|Writers||Emily Hubley (writer)
|Awards||2008 San Francisco International Film Festival|
|Plot||Mona is nearly overwhelmed by grief and depression. After her father's death, she's cut herself off: leaving teaching - she now temps as an office assistant, ignoring her mother's calls, talking to herself in mirrors, and rejecting any offered intimacy. She's watched over by comic extraterrestrial beings whom we see as cartoon squiggles. They ensure that random acts bring her connections - with a neighbor boy, his mother, and his surreptitious piano teacher (the lad wants to surprise his mom). She also meets an elevator operator in the building where she temps for Ms. Hadaway, a widow with perfect diction. Can Mona take a few steps on the road to expressing emotion?... see The Toe Tactic on IMDb|
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Writer-director-animator Emily Hubley s feature length debut The Toe Tactic is a (highly emotional fable - Gillian Reagan, New York Observer) that imaginatively fuses live action and animation (in the style Hubley memorably brought to life in Hedwig and the Angry Inch). A light-hearted and perceptive exploration of memory, regret and the nature of reality itself, The Toe Tactic follows Mona Peek (Lily Rabe) on an impulsive visit to her abandoned suburban childhood home. There, her lonely life is shaken by a flood of grief for her dead father and nostalgia for the world the two shared in decades gone by. A lost wallet and a buried bone become the keys to a playfully fractured reality of talking dogs, a single mom, her son, his piano teacher, an amorous elevator man, an eccentric dowager, and the intricate web of secrets, longings and intersections that connects them. Featuring Kevin Corrigan (Henry Fool), Mary Kay Place (Big Love), and Daniel London (Old Joy), the voice talents of Eli Wallach (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly), Andrea Martin (SCTV), and David Cross (Arrested Development), and a compelling soundtrack by indie band Yo La Tengo, the (free-associative, good-humored surrealism - A.O. Scott, The New York Times) of The Toe Tactic heralds a truly independent and enchanting filmmaking vision.
- 3 Short Films by Emily Hubley
- Deleted Scenes
- Animatic Storyboards
- Stills Gallery
STARRING LILY RABE XANDER BERKELEY KEVIN CORRIGAN SAKINA JAFFREY DANIEL LONDON JANE LYNCH NOVELLA NELSON and MARY KAY PLACE
STARRING THE VOICES OF ELI WALLACH ANDREA MARTIN DAVID CROSS
MUSIC BY YO LA TENGO
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