A solid charmer that ingratiates from start to finish.
Disarming “Falling Overnight” adds a twist to the “Before Sunrise” 24-hour newbie romance conceit; this time, the male protag faces brain surgery in the morning. It’s a potential recipe for maudlin excess, yet debuting director/editor/lenser/co-scenarist Conrad Jackson pulls off a solid charmer that ingratiates from start to finish. Lacking name thesps or an obvious commercial hook, however, it will require careful handling to score exposure beyond the fest circuit.Shy, rail-thin Elliot (Parker Croft) is not exactly enjoying his remaining hours of freedom before facing the knife a second time for a dangerous brain-tumor operation. Suffering from vomiting, nausea and insomnia, he’s deliberately living apart from family members who have been too high-drama around his illness. Wandering into a cafe, he meets counter worker and off-duty artist Chloe (Emilia Zoryan), then attends her gallery show on a whim. She whisks him off on a long night that encompasses bike -riding, toe-dipping in a public fountain and birthday festivities for one of her borderline-annoying but amusing hipster housemates. Co-scenarist Croft’s terrific performance drives this modest but resourcefully mounted enterprise.