Directed by Megan Griffiths • Drama • With Amy Seimetz • 2011 • 93 minutes
In THE OFF HOURS, Amy Seimetz alluringly commands the screen as Francine, a waitress whose liberation from her mundane existence is long overdue. In the restless world of the night shift at a highway diner, Francine's life consists of casual encounters and transient friendships. What she wants is out of reach—or is it that she's lost track of wanting anything at all? When a banker turned big-rig driver becomes a regular, he sparks hope in Francine. As change begins to invade the quiet diner, Francine is reminded that it is never too late to become the person she was meant to be. Writer/director Megan Griffiths draws complex characters and stays true to them, respecting their shortcomings and yearnings for connection.