Indie flick ‘Flannel’ weaves love, emotion into intricate plotline

The romance drama “Flannel Pajamas,” a nominee for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, is an indie film depicting a realistic view of relationships in today’s society.This film explores the harsher and more realistic side of relationships, and how love is sometimes not enough.

The premise: two 30-something New Yorkers, Stuart and Nicole, fall madly in love while on a blind date and eventually marry. Unfortunately, their marriage isn’t the bliss they expected, and they encounter obstacles ranging from differences in career choices and religion to eccentric family members.

Writer/director Jeff Lipsky made the right decision in choosing lesser-known, but somewhat familiar talent for this film. Nicole is portrayed by Julianne Nicholson (“Little Black Book,” and TV’s “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”), while Justin Kirk (“Angels in America” and Showtime’s “Weeds”) plays Stuart. Nicole’s mother Elizabeth is played by Rebecca Schull, known for her role as the ticket agent ‘Fay’ in the 90s ABC sitcom “Wings”.

“Flannel Pajamas” not only explores the intricate complexities of familial relationships, but also exposes the raw emotions and nerves of two people who love each other, and the families and friends who surround them. It not only depicts the high points of new love, but the low points after the newness wears off.

This movie is full of dialogue — some of it seemingly unnecessary. It doesn’t detract from the story, however.

Be forewarned: this movie does deserve its “R,” rating. There is some brief nudity and strong language. For optimists, realists and pessimists alike, this movie has a little something for everyone.