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Ed gradually discovers he has a split personality. Unfortunately, his literal other half is a woman in a relationship with Nicole, who Ed himself also quickly falls in love with.

The romantic comedy is one of the most clichéd genres in film, with a recipe of beats to be followed with precision. When a film comes along that feels unique and fresh, it should be celebrated. ‘Occupying Ed’ is one such film.

Brought to touching life by veteran indie director Steve Balderson from a screenplay by first-time screenwriter James Beard, ‘Occupying Ed’ follows the complicated love life of Ed (Christopher Sams) as he gradually discovers he’s developed a split personality. His near-unseen alter ego? A woman in a relationship with Nicole, who Ed himself also quickly falls in love with.

By taking the traditional tropes of the genre and subtly subverting them, Balderson and Beard have crafted a delightful film with note-perfect characters given life by a great cast. The 90 minutes we spend in the company of the unusual love triangle is exciting, funny and pleasant, but where the film succeeds most is in the way it discreetly touches on the deeper issues, such as the importance of accepting people – and ourselves – for who they are.

Mark Rogers

Country
USA
Runtime
90
Director(s)
Steve Balderson
Writer(s)
Jim Lair Beard
Producer(s)
Jim Lair Beard
Steve Balderson
Matt Weight
DOP
Daniel Stephens
Cast
Chris Sams
Holly Hinton
John Werskey
Original Format
Digital