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People Hold On is a modest film in which a group of friends reunite for a trip to the cottage.

2.5 out of 4 stars

Title
People Hold On
Written by
Paula Brancati and Michael Seater
Directed by
Michael Seater
Starring
Paula Brancati, Al Mukadam, Mazin Elsadig, Noah Reid, Chloe Rose, Katie Boland, Ashley Leggat and Jonathan Malen
Country
USA
Language
English

This is a modest film in which a group of mostly telegenic friends reunite for a trip to the cottage. No cell service , naturally. What is out there in the woods? Should they be scared? Absolutely, yet what is frightening is not an ax-wielding drifter, but the daunting prospects of (delayed) adulthood.

People Hold On has characters, mostly 27 years old, with tangled romantic pasts and unsure futures.

The script was co-written by one of the actors (Degrassi: The Next Generation's Paula Brancati), but there's a natural, improvised feel. The so-so ending is abrupt – what happens to these people? We don't know and they don't know, which, of course, is exactly the point.

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