Director: Ed Solomon
Screenwriters: Ed Solomon

Institute History

  • 2003 Sundance Film Festival


There is an exquisite sense of reserve in Ed Solomon's tale of redemption, Levity, one that creates a finely realized dramatic tension that is so rare in this age of immediate gratification. And it emanates from many aspects of this remarkable work: in the performances, the direction, and especially the writing, all simmering away as we watch this gradually riveting parable unfold.

The story begins as Manuel Jordan leaves the prison that has been his home for the last 22 years. He is clearly a changed man, but his time behind bars hasn't calmed his restless soul. Drawn to the neighborhood where he committed the crime that haunts him, he finds a place in a community center, a shelter where he can come to terms with his past, his future, and perhaps himself. Seeking reconciliation, he works with the pastor, an enigmatic soul himself, and, unrecognized by her, establishes a tenuous relationship with the sister of his victim. And as fate would have it—there is much in this film that feels the heavy hand of destiny—Jordan does see one last opportunity to expiate his guilt.

One might expect the writing from a screenwriter of Solomon's reputation to be of the highest caliber, and it is simply superlative: exceptionally nuanced characters, and emotionally stirring storytelling. An absolutely standout cast, led by Billy Bob Thorton, Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter, and Kirsten Dunst, all help create lasting images for a film which is a true celebration of the human spirit.

— Geoffrey Gilmore

Screening Details

  • Section: Premiere - Opening Night in Salt Lake City
  • Film Type: Dramatic Feature
  • Country: U.S.A.
  • Run Time: 100 min.
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