Keep the Change

Winner
FIPRESCI Prize
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Winner
Special Mention ~ Best Debut
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Nominee
Crystal Globe ~ Best Film
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
An ode to self-discovery and acceptance that's as funny as it is sweet.

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Keep the Change

When aspiring filmmaker David (Brandon Polansky) is mandated by a judge to attend a social program at the Jewish Community Center, he is sure of one thing: he doesn’t belong there. But when he’s assigned to visit the Brooklyn Bridge with the vivacious Sarah (Samantha Elisofon), sparks fly and his convictions are tested. Their budding relationship must weather Sarah’s romantic past, David’s judgmental mother (Jessica Walters), and their own pre-conceptions of what love is supposed to look like. Under the guise of an off-kilter New York romantic comedy, Keep the Change does something quite radical in offering a refreshingly honest portrait of a community seldom depicted on the big screen: people with autism. Rarely has a rom-com felt so deep and poignant. Thoroughly charming and quite funny, the film's warmth and candor brings growth and transformation to the characters, and ultimately, to us.
Not Rated
Genre
Comedy, Romance, Women and Film, Festival Favorite, Jewish Culture
Runtime
94
Language
English
Director
Rachel Israel
Cast
Brandon Polansky, Samantha Elisofon, Jessica Walter, Tibor Feldman, Sondra James, Johnathan Tchaikovsky
Awards:
Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Winner, Special Mention ~ Best Debut, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Nominee, Crystal Globe ~ Best Film, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Winner, Best New Narrative Director, Tribeca Film Festival
Winner, Jury Award ~ Best U.S. Narrative Feature, Tribeca Film Festival
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FEATURED REVIEW
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

On one level, 'Keep the Change' (which opens today at the Music Box) is a formulaic romantic comedy about a man and woman who meet cute, fall in and out of love, then rediscover their affection for each other. On another level, the film is a documentary-style portrait of what it’s like to be an ...

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