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Tick Tock Lullaby

Five thirtysomething Londoners weigh the big decision of whether to start a family in "Tick Tock Lullaby," multihyphenate Lisa Gornick's first feature. With a lesbian couple at the narrative center, the pic should have no trouble finding berths at gay fests and among niche DVD distribs, though it's not quite polished or substantial enough for theatrical exposure.

Five thirtysomething Londoners weigh the big decision of whether to start a family in “Tick Tock Lullaby,” multihyphenate Lisa Gornick’s first feature. With a lesbian couple at the narrative center, the pic should have no trouble finding berths at gay fests and among niche DVD distribs, though it’s not quite polished or substantial enough for theatrical exposure.

Tentatively committed to conceiving a child, narrator Sasha (Gornick) and partner Maya (Raquel Cassidy) cruise for a sperm donor, settling on flattered actor Laurence (Jake Canuso). Steve (Sam Spruell) is gung-ho for parenthood, but ill-tempered spouse Fiona (Joanna Bending) seems less sure — about a baby or about him. Meanwhile her single sis Gillian (Sarah Patterson) works hard at pregnancy, albeit via younger men picked up for casual sex. Pacing is brisk, but jaunty Woody Allen-esque tone isn’t backed up by dialogue or sense of place. More, it’s hard to empathize with self-absorbed characters’ predicament: Both couples seem mismatched, while coolly detached Gillian hardly seems the maternal type. All should be asking not if a baby is right for them, but vice versa. Lensing overemphasizes close shots in bland interiors.

Tick Tock Lullaby

U.K.

  • Production: A Valiant Doll production. Produced by Lisa Gornick. Directed, written by Lisa Gornick.
  • Crew: Camera (color, HD video), Inge Blackman, Liz Smith, Sophie Meyer; editor, Maya T. Harris; music, Matthew Davidson. Reviewed at Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, March 3, 2007. Running time: 72 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Joanna Bending, William Bowry, Jake Canuso, Raquel Cassidy, Lisa Gornick, David Lazenby, Matthew Parish, Sarah Patterson, Sam Spruel.