306 Hollywood is a creative look at mortality, family, and what we leave behind
- Elan and Jonathan Bogarín's debut movie "306 Hollywood" is part documentary, part art exhibit.
- The two siblings cope with the passing of their grandmother by going into her house and using the things she left behind to celebrate her life.
Every weekend we pick an indie movie currently playing in theaters we think is definitely worth your time and money, and this week's is "306 Hollywood."
Annette Ontell lived seven decades in the same house at 306 Hollywood Avenue in Hillside, New Jersey, in which she was everything from a housewife to a fashion designer. So how do you celebrate someone who has lived such a full life? You explore what was left behind.
Ontell's grandchildren, Elan and Jonathan Bogarín, use their directing debut to commemorate their late grandmother with the beautifully touching and creatively told "306 Hollywood." The two take us into Ontell's home to not just marvel at the knickknacks, clothes, and keepsakes that are inside but flesh out the memories they had with her to examine what Ontell's life meant to them.
But Elan and Jonathan go into the house as if they are on an archeological dig. They give every item in the house (down to the paper clips and toothbrushes) a respect that it didn't have when Ontell was alive.
However, that's the beauty of the movie: its almost insane attention to detail to celebrate Ontell while also understanding who she was as a person — not just their grandmother.
"306 Hollywood" is part documentary and part art exhibit that will make you think about your own mortality, that you really need to call your grandmother more often, and that you really, really need to clean your place.
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