Grape Soda

A drifting wife has made a man a cuckold but that’s the least of their problems, as little things start to pile up and create a tipping point for the two.

As the sound of a car pulls up to the driveway, images of a refrigerator with magnetized letters, spelling out the name “Claire,” and photos flash before us, until the driver cuts off the engine and steps out the car – it’s a gaunt, fair skinned man with a receding hairline and a bushy red beard. With groceries in-hand, he takes note of another car in the driveway that’s unfamiliar to him. Inside, he hears the running of the shower, discovers partially drank wine, sees half-eaten strawberries with chocolate sauce haphazardly poured over dish and counter, and locks eyes with a partially dressed man, emerging from the bathroom – his wife is having an affair.

Once his wife, Sherry, comes out of the bathroom, she sees him leaning on the corner of the wall and her other lover nowhere to be seen. She knows that she’s been caught and her mouth opens slightly, as if to give an explanation that never comes out. The silence is only broken by her husband, Bobby, noting that, after four and a half years of being together, she never mentioned that she liked strawberries. She can only respond with a half-hearted reminder that he’s scratching his arms again. Not wanting to engage further, he turns away and starts cleaning the kitchen.

After dressing, Sherry tells Bobby that she’s going to her mom’s with no reply from him. Once in her car, Bobby’s in their bedroom looking at the tussled sheets of the bed he shared with her but is now tainted with another man’s strands of hair, sweat and bodily fluids. With the car still off and in the driveway, Sherry hears a plastic bag thud onto the blacktop. It’s the sheets, blanket and pillows from the bed in a garbage bag.

At her mother’s house, Sherry can feel the emptiness grow, as if the house was a wind tunnel and nothing was there to obstruct the gale. With tears streaming down her face, she sees porcelain figurines of three pigs – two are a couple and the third is a baby pig. It’s a sight that drives her to retch over the toilet bowl. It’s a figurative sight that nudges both of them teetering on the edge of implosion. Can they learn that they both need each other more than ever, before it is too late?

Cast & Crew

Writer, Director: Justin Robinson
DOP: Brent Christy
Key Cast: Mark Ashworth, Rachel Hendrix, Cranston Johnson, Isaiah Stratton, Jay C. Russell
First Assistant Camera: Scott Jones
Sound Mixer: David Sniadecki
Boom Operator: Tyler Wade
Hair, Makeup, Wardrobe: Latia Curtis
Composer: Jake Sidwell
Colorist: John Carrington
Re-recording Mixer: Christian Sawyer
Property Master: Clayton Tilley
Key Set Production Assistant: Andrew Bradford
Production Assistants: Gunner Willis, Wesley Wooten, Chris Burch, Ryan Hendrick, Ben Maciejack
Set Photographer: Shawn Stom
BTS: David Gaskin
Catering: Maria Conner

Ratings & Review

Narrative
Characters
Engagement
The flawless performance in a realistic storyline, lead me to breakdown at the final scene.
Excellent
About The Author
- Joon Shin has always been an advocate for independent films and is a Co-Founder & Partner for Content of Characters, Board Director for both Dosha Pops and In The Lights PR, and serves on the Board of Advisors for TriplAgent.