Sultry sadness is a single mom living off the Vegas strip, struggling to raise her young daughter in Bryan Wizemann’s Think of Me. The film helped kick off Rooftop Films’ opening weekend on the sprawling roof of New Design High School Saturday, the lurid lights of Las Vegas playing beautifully against the skyline of the Lower East Side.
The city within a city feel of the surroundings made me more acutely aware of the urban struggle to provide for family. Poignant and painful, Wizemann’s love letter to Las Vegas stars Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) as single mother Angela, whose frustration—at her absentee ex-husband, string of thankless jobs, rickety old car—explodes in volleys of ‘fucks,’ endless cigarettes and meaningless one night stands. All this is witnessed by her 8 year-old daughter, Sunny, whose ragamuffin joy bursts through in brief moments that envelope mother and daughter in something close to comfort.