starring Genevieve Buechner, Emanuel Arruda, Brigitte Bako, Krista Bridges
written and directed by Terrance Odette
by Travis Mackenzie Hoover Saint Monica is a film with such an unshakeable belief in its naïve vision of the world that it somehow surpasses that vision's obvious failure to reflect reality. While it would normally be hard to stomach its arbitrary and clichéd depiction of a "multicultural" milieu, to say nothing of its watered-down treatment of homelessness, director Terrance Odette's total commitment to his vague assumptions and pseudo-politics make the film an oddly touching experience. Odette has lavished such care and gentleness on his threadbare ideas that you don't really mind its frequent lapses in judgement, and as it's acted as well as can be expected with the often ludicrous material it just manages to squeak under the wire as a film that is "not without merit."