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FESTIGIOUS Film Review: 'Delaware Shore'

FESTIGIOUS Film Review: 'Delaware Shore'

December 18, 2018

Delaware Shore is an independent feature film, written and directed by Raghav Peri. In this drama, holocaust survivor Agnes escapes the concentration camps and finds refuge at a Delaware Beach. Haunted by the war and its atrocities, she finds herself raising her abandoned twin grandchildren, Tasha and Gallagher. Her war experiences have made her incapable of showing affection but through obligation, she does the bare minimum to raise these kids. Despite the family atmosphere, Tasha is a bright, talented poet and Gall is a deeply sensitive glass half-full optimist. However, Tasha and Gall both struggle with finding the affection they miss at home with sometimes unforeseen and life changing consequences. How their lives unfold on the coast of "Delaware Shore" will form the rest of the story.

Making an independent film can be challenging, let alone a periodic feature-length movie. With his unique approach to storytelling and tons of passion, Raghav Peri creates a heartfelt story that is both inspiring and thought provoking.

Above all, there is truth in the characters' voices. In their stories. And especially in their conflicts, fears and hopes. They feel like human beings, rather than just characters in a film. They go through some of everyone's struggles, they show weakness, and that is why it's so easy to relate to them.

It was a pleasure to watch Gail Wagner as Agnes, and to follow the development of her story, along others' - including the two other leads Emily Mckinley Hill as Tasha and James Robinson Jr. as Gallagher. Overall, they did a good job with the entire ensemble cast: Kevin D. Benton, Bella Dontine, Kevin Austra, Ed Aristone , Brenda Carey, David Claney, Jason R. Maga.

Delaware Shore wasn't meant to be a perfect film, and indie film lovers wouldn't expect it to be. Independent films should tell important stories that touch the viewers' hearts. And Delaware Shore does