Don't Pick Up
Louisa enters a Children’s Bookshop to escape a humiliating day. When Chris, the sweet and lonely store manager, attempts an awkward flirt, it both excites and terrifies her, awakening old compulsions. Which is stronger? Love?...or the wild need to escape with the book in her purse?
Director Jeremiah Kipp:
This hesitant brief encounter in a children's bookstore takes place between two people of middle age who almost fall in love. That fleeting sense of the possible is what made Susannah Nolan's script so achingly romantic. Roles in this age group are rarely allowed to be the lover in movies, yet desire is universal at any age.
We are all teenagers again when we meet cute, and the wonderful actors Keith David and Kathryn Erbe played that so earnestly, as well as showing how our guilt, bad habits and self doubt can weigh down on us. And the hope in this film is that both characters take a risk of the heart. That has meaning no matter what the outcome.