A young priest, Erik (David Call, TINY FURNITURE, Gossip Girl) serves as the lone Catholic authority on a small island off the coast of Maine. After a poorly attended mass, Erik is visited by Ellen Greene, the mother of Joshua, a child who has been missing for five years. Josh’s absence has pushed Ellen’s marriage to the breaking point, and though her husband strenuously objects, she and the priest decide to hold a symbolic funeral in an effort to move on.
When the family’s decision becomes public, Josh inexplicably returns to the island, alive and well. Now sixteen years old, Josh appears unharmed, but refuses to answer questions about where he has been.
Erik interprets Josh’s return as a divine event and involves himself in the family’s affairs in an effort to both help them and affirm his own faith. He proves to be the only one able to uncover Josh’s past whereabouts, but in doing so, causes more problems than he could have ever anticipated, threatening his relationship to the family, the church, and the law.
NOR’EASTER was written and directed by Andrew Brotzman. It has a running time of 85 minutes and is not yet rated by the MPAA.
The 2013 Sarasota International Film Festival runs April 5 – 14, 2013 in Sarasota, Florida.