Fully Realised Humans

Joshua Leonard, USA 2020, 74’
Freeland Giants Being Lonely

Jackie and Elliot (longtime friends Jess Weixler, who was pregnant during shooting, and the director Joshua Leonard) are about to become first-time parents in a month; however, despite trying to get everything ready under the supervision of an experienced midwife, even choosing the right car seat turns out to be to be more than they can handle. When, while opening gifts at their baby shower, they suddenly hear from their slightly too honest friends that, after the baby’s born, they’ll “never be themselves again,” they decide to experience as much as possible—while they still have time for it. By experimenting with sex, forcing their parents to make difficult confessions, and arguing over whether they have too much hummus in the refrigerator, they slowly begin to understand that their lives are going to change forever. At the same time, they repeat the words that every couple who decide to start a family and who are frightened by the prospect of repeating their parents’ mistakes has been saying for years to make themselves feel better: “It’s not going to happen to us.”

Marta Bałaga

Joshua Leonard

Born in Texas in 1975, Joshua Leonard is an actor and director; he made his debut with the 1990s phenomenon The Blair Witch Project. He later starred in the series Bates Motel and Togetherness, as well as Lynn Shelton’s Humpday. He made his directorial debut with the 2005 short The Youth in Us, which was shown at Sundance, where his film The Lie was also screened. The latter featured Jess Weixler, who also appears in his latest dramedy, Fully Realized Humans; Weixler and Leonard co-wrote the screenplay for the film.

Selected filmography

2005 The Youth in Us (short)

2008 Beautiful Losers

2011 The Lie

2018 Serce moje / Behold My Heart

2020 Prawdziwie spełnieni / Fully Realised Humans

Cast & Crew

director Joshua Leonard
screenplay Joshua Leonard, Jess Weixler
cinematography Benjamin Kasulke
editing Chelsea Bo, Joshua Leonard
music Luke Fabia, Peter Raeburn
cast Joshua Leonard, Jess Weixler, Beth Grant, Tom Bower, Michael Chieffo, Janicza Bravo
producer Chelsea Bo, Sean Drummond, Joshua Leonard
production Perception Media, Paxeros Creative
sales Paxeros
language English
coloration colour
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