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Daybreak Review


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Everyone wants to change something in their lives. But what if a desire to change the past completely destroyed the present and future? That's the idea behind Daybreak, the feature film debut of indie director Michael James Kacey. What if a wish came true... but brought terrifying chaos with it?

Daybreak's tragic tale explores what happens when a budding artist named Jeff Stokes (Paul Clemens) wishes that his infertile wife, Michelle (Debra Henri), could conceive a child. They live contently in a small Pennsylvania community, but content isn't enough for Jeff. He needs to have children of his own. He wants them more than anything.

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The Believer Review


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Religious doubt leads to violence in this slice-of-lifer that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival -- now finally making tentative steps in general release.

Jewish self-hatred is an interesting foundation for a film, if only because it's a subject never explored by an industry still apologizing for the Holocaust. The lengths to which someone will go to redefine and prove themselves a member of the enemy circle are certainly compelling. But when the main character in question dives between extremes without a single clear definition of his motives, the strength of the narrative suffers. A double life can only work when you are aware of some of the triggers that push some semblance of reality into the character in question.

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