June 27, 2015
Penthouse North is the story about a former actress/model who lives in a subsidized (I think) apartment in Manhattan, but struggles to pay the rent. The in-and-out of various roommates is documented, as is the acting history of this woman.
A good chunk of this film displays the attempts of her various friends who try to help this former actress as she slowly fades away from her former self and former life.
Penthouse North takes foreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeever to get to the main story. I suppose this is on purpose, as they wanted to introduce the audience to her former life. That said, this documentary could have easily been 15 minutes long. Based on the mass exodus at the beginning of the credits, I’m not the only one who felt this way.
One positive: the music.
Rating: 1/5 — shown at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival.
The Penthouse North trailer is available on Vimeo.