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FILM OPENS: May 11, 2018

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When aspiring filmmaker David (Brandon Polansky) is mandated by a judge to attend a social program at the Jewish Community Center, he is sure of one thing: he doesn’t belong there. But when he’s assigned to visit the Brooklyn Bridge with the vivacious Sarah (Samantha Elisofon), sparks fly and his convictions are tested. Their budding relationship must weather Sarah’s romantic past, David’s judgmental mother (Jessica Walter), and their own pre-conceptions of what love is supposed to look like. Under the guise of an off-kilter New York romantic comedy, KEEP THE CHANGE does something quite radical in offering a refreshingly honest portrait of a community seldom depicted on the big screen. Rarely has a romcom felt so deep and poignant. Thoroughly charming and quite funny, the film's warmth and candor brings growth and transformation to the characters, and ultimately, to us.

  • Director: Rachel Israel
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance (Love)
  • Year: 2018
  • Run Time: 01:34:00
  • imdb Score: 7.2/10 (115 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Brandon Polansky, Samantha Elisofon, Jessica Walter
"KEEP THE CHANGE may be a breakthrough in its focus on real people with intellectual disabilities, but it's especially commendable for providing positive examples of how the nondisabled can create inclusive environments for all."
Ben Sachs - CHICAGO READER

"KEEP THE CHANGE, despite David’s knack for making offensive jokes, is a charming, sensitive picture that embraces the characters as they are, without mocking them."
Kristen Yoonsoo Kim - VILLAGE VOICE

"[It] accomplishes a much more difficult task: When the movie starts, its main characters seem outside the norm, unusual, "wierdos," in the description of David himself. By its end, you see nothing at all of that; they're just people."
Leah Garchik - SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"[Director Rachel Israel] nicely avoids rom-com contrivances - even the fish-out-of-water dynamics have a natural quality - and the actors give credible performances."
Anita Katz - SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

AWARDS

Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival 2017
Best Director, Debut Director and Film

Tribeca Film Festival 2017
Best U.S. Narrative Feature and Director

FESTIVALS

Stockholm Int'l Film Festival 2017

Leiden Int'l Film Festival 2017

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 2017

Los Angeles Film Festival 2017

Tokyo Int'l Film Festival 2017

Titanic Int'l Filmpresence Festival 2018