Milk and Honey

Director: Joe Maggio
Screenwriters: Joe Maggio

Institute History

  • 2003 Sundance Film Festival


Only New York City could be the setting for this utterly clever exploration of intersecting lives, lost loves, missed opportunities, and the devilish part fate plays in this game called life.

When emotionally troubled stockbroker Rick suddenly reproposes to his wife of 10 years at a cocktail party, only to be rejected and humiliated by her, his illusory world of comfort and security comes crashing down. No feelings are spared in the huge fight that ensues as both parties spill out into the street. Under the cover of darkness in a city that never sleeps, the two take separate paths that will test both the fragility and resilience of their psyches.

Thoroughly inventive writer/director Joe Maggio puts forth huge issues, but the way he does it is a delight. In the reality he creates in Milk and Honey, clues are dropped and picked up again with new meaning. A stranger can become the catalyst for hope and redemption. A memory can change the course of the evening. In short, anything can and does happen.

As the sun rises on the superb ensemble cast, one thing is for sure: They and we have been taken on a bizarre journey created by a skilled filmmaker.

— John Cooper

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