North Mianus home character in its own right in film shot in town
GREENWICH — Sexual tension, a stylish home that’s just a little bit creepy and some major family secrets — those are just a few of the ingredients of a cinematic cocktail filmed in Greenwich now showing at area theaters.
“Long Lost” is the work of a young Connecticut native who found a perfect location to film what he calls an erotic thriller — a big house in the North Mianus section of town.
Director and screenwriter Erik Bloomquist said some movie-making magic created a sense of mystery in the Greenwich home, where he shot the film in September 2017.
“It’s sort of a character in its own right, shifting in the dynamics of the scene itself. You don’t know where the boundaries are — it’s claustrophobic and boundless at the same time, and it’s constantly shifting,” said Bloomquist, a native of Newington who studied at Trinity College.
The story plays out as a nail-biter between three actors. Seth is invited to spend a weekend at a Connecticut mansion of his long lost half-brother Richard. Though Greenwich is not specifically named in the script, the film is clearly set in a fashionable suburb “outside the city.”
A live-in girlfriend, Abby, who favors skimpy bikinis while lounging around the capacious Greenwich home, provides a carnal frisson to the tale of sibling rivalry.
“It evolves into one of the weirdest family reunions you’ve ever seen,” Bloomquist jokes.
The writer-director said he hoped audiences find “Long Lost” entertaining, along with offering some interesting psychological questions.
“I hope people have fun with it, like a ’90s pulpy erotic thriller throwback. It is meant to function in that way. But we want to explore this idea of identity shifting — who we are, how that changes based on who’s in the room, and what the objective truth is of who we are,” Bloomquist said.
The young director, in his mid 20s, has already compiled a lengthy resume in the dramatic arts.
“I’ve always grown up telling stories from a really young age. And it turned into plays, musicals, television and directing. I found that each one makes me better at the other,” he said.
Working in Connecticut, he said, also had its advantages.
“I like that’s in a little pocket where there’s a strong workforce, but the community has a stake in it. I think it works,” Bloomquist said.
The film is being released theatrically across the state and the country, and it will begin streaming on Amazon April 10.
Some positive reviews have been generated as “Long Lost” makes the rounds of film festivals.
“Writer-director Erik Bloomquist keeps the audience as unsettled as his hero with an intense atmosphere,” read a short review in the Los Angeles Times, while pointing to some perceived shortcomings in the “indie thriller.” The review noted “a good use of a single location and just three characters.”