Review: ‘Here To Where’

An often amusing low-budgeter about a first-time filmmaker trying to make a documentary in Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport, "Here to Where" reps an interesting debut by former U.K. photog Glen Luchford that would be just fine if cut back to an hour. Ironic character study, poised between fiction and reality, would fit easily into cable slots.

An often amusing low-budgeter about a first-time filmmaker trying to make a documentary in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, “Here to Where” reps an interesting debut by former U.K. photog Glen Luchford that would be just fine if cut back to an hour. Ironic character study, poised between fiction and reality, would fit easily into cable slots.

London-based American writer Paul Berczeller, who also scripted, plays Paul, a born spieler who wants to make a film based around (the true story of) Alfred Merhan, an Iranian refugee who arrived in 1988 and spent 11 years in permanent transit on a bench in Terminal 1 while his status was argued over by lawyers. Finally free to enter France, Merhan has gotten so used to his temporary domicile that he doesn’t want to leave the building. As the strung-out Paul, who still hasn’t finished his script, argues with his English producer, sweet-talks his London g.f. over the phone and tries to parlay a free helicopter shot for his movie, Berczeller’s motor-mouth perf makes it almost a one-man show, with Merhan (playing himself, in spacey broken English) observing Paul’s artistic meltdown with Zenlike detachment.

Here To Where

U.K.-France

Production

A Holy Cow Films, Maximum Films (U.K.)/Premiere Heure(France) production. (International sales: Holy Cow, London.) Produced by Gavin Emerson. Executive producers, Patrice Haddad, Julian Ozone. Directed by Glen Luchford. Screenplay, Paul Berczeller.

Crew

Camera (DV-to-35mm), Patrick Ghiringhelli; editor, Timothy Miller. Reviewed at Edinburgh Film Festival (Focus on British Cinema), Aug. 17, 2001. English, French and Farsi dialogue. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Paul Berczeller, Alfred Merhan, Abbas Baktiari, Mai Pexton, Christine Bergstrom.
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