Will (David Bly) and Gabby (Leah Rudick) are a young couple that have finally managed to afford a place of their own. Unfortunately, they can only afford something very small and with their professions on the line, money is tight. Will is a chef who feels he’s unappreciated at work and Gabby is a sculptor whose work is being overlooked.
Then one day when talking with one of their friends, they find out that he’s been forming relationships with older people and feels perfectly comfortable with them buying him things and giving him money, he calls them his sweet parents.
Shocked by their friend’s behaviour, Will is appalled that anybody could ever think about taking advantage of somebody like that in return for sex and companionship. Then Gabby meets Oscar (Casey Biggs), an artist who was revered by her tutors when she was at art school. They get to know each other and Gabby starts to realise that Oscar is exactly the right person to give her career a boost.
Will is instantly jealous and incensed that Gabby could even consider such a thing, but over time Will and Gabby’s relationship gets tested to breaking point. Especially when Will decides to court, Guylaine (Barbara Weetman) who takes an interest in his work.
Sweet Parents is a bittersweet drama directed by David Bly and co-written with Leah Rudick. A realistic drama that talks about the things that go unsaid in relationships.
A drama which may be compared to Marriage Story as it tells a realistic and grounded portrayal of a relationship on the point of breaking. As the film slowly sets out its story, it never feels contrived and forced. Instead Sweet Parents is helped along by naturalistic dialogue and a script that gives the audience an organic story which never tells them how to feel.
Rudick and Bly’s chemistry is strong and the relationship between them feels natural with the film never making the audience pick a side or to judge either one. Sweet Parents may be hard to watch at times, but it may make you question where you are in your own lives no matter what your relationship status may be.
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