An ex-convict looks for a second chance at reconciliation but finds a major obstacle in this tense and emotional drama.
Lloyd Hayek has been released three months early from his sentence for good behavior. His only wish since his release is to make amends with his estranged daughter Iris, who has pretty much shut him out of her life because she always felt he was absent. However, under the surface, Iris is having serious problems of her own at home. Married to police officer Bobby Grace, Iris finds herself constantly victimized by Bobby’s alcoholism and abusive behavior but because of the facts that he is an officer and he was there for her, Iris is afraid to leave him.
When Lloyd finally lets his feelings out during dinner with Iris about his being absent and his regret of his actions, Iris thinks that Lloyd could be just what she needs to feel good about herself again. As the father-daughter duo begin to really bond and feel like family again, the bond between Iris and her husband begins to unravel. Grown tired of the abuse, she kicks Bobby out of the house. When Bobby finds himself confused as well as learning about his father-in-law, the lives of these three are set to take a potentially dangerous turn that could affect them forever.
This indie drama revolving around the lives of three people is well played out and becomes both tense and emotional from the very beginning. Jace Daniel has come up with a film revolving around redemption, reconciliation, and unraveling in terms of the core trio of Lloyd, Iris, and Bobby with Iris being the connector between the other two as one is her father, who is a former convict trying to make amends while the other is her husband, who has found himself being drunk and abusive.
The breakout performance is without a doubt that of Iris, played by Bethany Jacobs. A very conflicted woman, she finds herself having to deal with both the return of her absent father and enduring an abusive relationship with her husband. Jacobs’ Iris starts out completely miserable but feels things will get worse when she learns of her father’s release. However, as the film goes on, it is clear that her father is genuinely trying to make amends.
Robert Blanche is great as Lloyd, a man on a road to both redemption and reconciliation. From the moment he is released, it is clear that Lloyd is someone who is doing whatever it takes to make amends with Iris as well as help himself. And what is even more astounding is that he does everything with a smile on his face for the most part. Perhaps it is anger that caused him to do something that forced him into prison and now that he’s out, he’s genuinely looking to change both his ways and manners.
However, Grant Davis’ Bobby has perhaps only one scene where he is sympathetic but it is clear that it is a shell for his own problems. Bobby is a police officer whose issues get the best of him and it causes major friction between him and his wife to the point where he abuses her. It is clear he thinks because he knows what’s best for Iris because he was there for him, it makes him feel he can be dominant and act like he can abuse her. He soon will have the learn the hard way that his actions can cause consequences, even despite the advice of his policeman partner Terry, played by Brian Sutherland, who makes an impact of his own in the third and final act of the film.
Tomorrow, Maybe is a well thought out drama about the lives of three connecting people and their chance to overcome the obstacles of their lives. Bethany Jacobs breaks out as the woman torn between her father and husband, with Robert Blanche giving a great performance as a doting dad and Grant Davis as the husband who must overcome his own issues to keep his marriage intact.
WFG RATING: B+
Random Media presents in association with I&S Media a Borderworld Studios production in association with Bridgetown Entertainment. Director: Jace Daniel. Producers: Robert Blanche, Jared Brownlow, Jace Daniel, and Roy Frank Kirk 1st. Writers: Jace Daniel and Roy Frank Kirk 1st. Cinematography: Jace Daniel. Editing: Will Lesher-Pierson.
Cast: Robert Blanche, Bethany Jacobs, Grant Davis, Brian Sutherland, Robert McKeehen, Garfield Wedderburn, Erin Hagen, Pamela O’Hare, Kyle Vahan, Alysse Fozmark, Todd A. Robinson.
The film will be released on DVD, On Demand, and Digital on August 20.