There’s great beauty in quiet moments, especially when it comes to two characters connecting on film. Fellini took advantage of silence, as did Godard and Truffaut. Wordless emotions embedded in someone’s face, their eyes, their movements.
In the case of indie film This Is Martin Bonner, directed and written by Chad Hartigan, and premiering in the Next category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 17-27, the friendship between a 58-year-old prison rehabilitation mentor, Martin Bonner (Australian actor Paul Eenhoorn), who moves to Reno, and an ex-con, Travis Holloway (David Arquette’s brother Richmond Arquette), is filled with emotionally weighted quiet moments. Check out this exclusive trailer for the movie, below, that shows Eenhoorn and Arquette’s characters meeting and connecting, both trying to restart their lives.