Break-ups are the end of a good relationship, but they are also the beginning of a new adventure in life. Whether it be finding the next person, or taking time to yourself to try something new. Shown in this story made by 3 intelligent and creative men, Charlie Baptista, Bodhi Irwin, and Noah Pedersen. Fine China is the story of Kelly (Noah Pedersen), a guy with an afro who is struggling with his girlfriend Alma (Annie Anjilvel) and buying antique China. Somehow Alma seems uninterested in him, as we go through a long awkward breakfast scene the next morning. Kelly goes through a typical day of life of working as freelance tech support and being with Alma. But he’s not the most practical-thinking person. When his obsession with collecting starts to build up, Alma thinks they need to take a break from each other. She has no idea why or just what they’re supposed to do, so Alma lives with her friend Amy (Katherine Welsh) and Kelly lives his life like he always does. Helping seniors with computers and purchasing China antiques. But it seems like his days are getting darker… literally. After Alma moves out the time just passes so quickly it’s strange. So now Kelly lives his life feeling even more miserable. However, one night someone he met earlier allows him to take his deceased mother’s entire collection of fine China home with him. Kelly buys the whole collection for a few hundred dollars and sees about selling them for as much as he can. While he’s not exactly an expert in selling, he decides to look at his newfound collection and get more and more. This excessive collecting only starts to cluster his house with what he’s got and maybe now he should come to realize this collection is starting to consume in more ways than one.
The movie goes at a remarkably slow pace, but that’s fine. It makes things seem a little more realistic. Speaking of realistic, it’s one that so many nutty collectors can relate to. I’ve had a similar condition during the pandemic with my old Lego collection and rebuilding everything almost to the point where I didn’t have space. I think I might still have a little bit of that problem. People who work freelance and sometimes have too much time on their hands can relate to this issue, as well as those who have gone through a breakup and need to fill their void with something else. The film is pretty low budget and done with a pretty minimal crew. At first it seems the lighting and sound isn’t the best, but it somehow improves over the movie. In fact, the majority of the film seems like natural lighting and it does a good job. For a low-budget film with extremely minimal crew, it’s pretty incredible. I have worked on several productions with a similar setup and they turn out pretty good themselves so it gives me hope that some close friends of mine could also make a feature with what they have. Ultimately, it lets you know what life is like sometimes. When you watch, you think more on the day-to-day routine you take for granted, and how so much can change over little things. It’s very deep in the emotional levels as well.