Hannah Pearl Utt Brings Laughs and Emotions to the Screen with Cora Bora
Get ready to buckle up your emotions for a wild ride with Cora Bora, the latest American comedy-drama film directed by the talented Hannah Pearl Utt and written by Rhianon Jones. The star-studded cast including Megan Stalter, Jojo T. Gibbs, Manny Jacinto, Ayden Mayeri, Thomas Mann, Chrissie Fit, Andre Hyland, Chelsea Peretti, Margaret Cho, and Darrell Hammond, will make you laugh and cry in equal measure.
Premiering at SXSW, this film follows the story of Cora, who ventures back home to win her girlfriend back but soon realizes that the problems in her life run deeper than just her love life. With the help of her quirky and lovable friends and family, Cora embarks on a journey of self-discovery and growth.
However, life is tough for our protagonist, Cora. Her music career is about as successful as a fish trying to climb a tree, and her love life is like a rollercoaster that only goes down. Even her guitar case seems to be broken, adding insult to injury. But she’s not one to give up easily, as evidenced by the sweat on her brow as she schleps it from one poorly attended club to another. Unfortunately, the only thing that seems to be attending these shows are the crickets.
To make matters worse, her long-distance relationship with Justine is on the rocks. It’s like they’re trying to communicate through carrier pigeons, but the birds keep getting lost. And the hookups she’s having on the side? Let’s just say they’re more awkward than a middle school dance. When she finally decides to head back to Portland, it’s like a dam has burst and all the mess comes flooding out. Will things ever turn around for our heroine? Only time will tell.
Hannah Pearl Utt, known for her work in the award-winning film Before You Know It, brings her signature style to Cora Bora, infusing the movie with both humor and heart. Rhianon Jones’ screenplay is a perfect match for Utt’s direction, delivering a story that is both relatable and entertaining.
Cora is like that one friend we all have – you know, the one who can never seem to get their life together but you love them anyway. She’s a walking contradiction, quick to judge others while at the same time craving their approval. But despite her messy exterior, there’s something endearing about Cora. Maybe it’s her accidental humor or her ability to make you feel for her even when she’s being her own worst enemy.
And let’s talk about Stalter’s performance for a second. Not only does she fully embody the complicated mess that is Cora, but she does it with such respect and nuance that you can’t help but root for her. As someone with comedic talent, it would be easy for Stalter to go for the cheap laughs, but she keeps Cora grounded in reality. Her delicate nature is what makes her comedy all the more powerful. So here’s to you, Cora – messy, funny, and brittle. We love you anyway.
With a talented cast, a fantastic director, and a script that will make you laugh and cry, Cora Bora is a film you won’t want to miss. So mark your calendars for its release and get ready for a ride full of emotions.