Director: Jerry R. Barrish
Feature film | USA | 1989
38th Hof International Film Festival
SHUTTLECOCK is a serious romantic comedy about four beachfront neighbours who are better at art than the game of life. A shy painter, a dyslexic comic, a young ecdysiast, and a German chanteuse all search for the meaning of life while learning the meaning of love. Until now, the highlights of Mona’s life have been her art classes and an occasional cappuccino with her neighbour, Lena. That is, until Jack and Kristi move next door for the summer and Mona is caught up in the current of life and romance. Even this small venture out of isolation sends Mona back to her psychotherapist.
Soon enough, Mona and Kristi share more than the same ocean view, they share the same lover. Mona tells her therapist she doesn’t feel at all the way she thought she would about the affair. He finds, in subsequent sessions, that he doesn’t either. In fact, he is losing his professional objectivity. Then, both Mona and Jack confide in Lena …