Things I Don’t Understand (2011) – By Brian Morton

They say that a wise man knows all the things that he doesn’t know. Now, that might be one of the weirdest things you might think of…or it might be the beginning of understanding yourself. That’s the core of a new movie from writer/director David Spaltro, Things I Don’t Understand.

Violent is a grad student who’s a bit lost. Looking for love, while pushing people away, the only people she seems to have a real connection with are her roommates, a frustrated rock star and an aspiring playwright…two people who are emotionally crippled as Violet is. As part of a thesis, Violet meets a terminally ill girl, who she wants to talk to about life after death, but soon the two have developed a real connection. As life develops, Violet soon realizes that her damage is transitory and that life can either happen to you while you sit on the side lines, or you can get in the game.

Now, that all might seem a bit trite, but Things I Don’t Understand is about all that…and so much more. It’s a story of love and life and death and what happens to those who leave and those who are left behind. It’s a movie that will have you feeling for the character and it’ll make you think about your own life and the people that you surround yourself with…and those that have left you behind. It’s a truly moving little film that’s well written, well acted and is one of those films that will make you forget you’re watching a movie…these actors and story really mesh in a way that it all feels very real.

I’m giving Things I Don’t Understand 4 out of 4 cigars, it’s a movie that you’ll want to put aside and dismiss as ‘just another indie drama’, but it’s much more than the sum of it’s parts, Spaltro has gone beyond writing another indie drama and touched a nerve that will make you think…and that’s not always a bad thing! Find out more over at