Bottled Up

“Directed by Enid Zentelis, the film stars The Fighter‘s  Melissa Leo as a middle-aged mother whose daughter is caught in a cycle of self-medication. In the tradition of Nicholas Ray’s Bigger Than Life, John Cassavetes’ A Woman Under the Influence and James Ponsoldt’s recent  SmashedBottled Up is filled with eclectic characters who are true to life. Best known as sleeper agent Aileen Morgan in Homeland, Marin Ireland is both warm and volatile as reluctant addict Sylvie, her unhinged jaggedness enlivening every scene she appears in.”

“Using heart and humour to make us care about addicts, environmentalists and nipple piercers, Bottled Up is a drug addiction dramedy that takes itself seriously, and one which audiences should make a serious effort to seek out.”

Verite Magazinehttp://www.veritefilmmag.com/blog/melissa-leo-toplines-charming-compassionate-drug-addiction-dramedy-bottled-up

“Enid Zentelis effectively mixes elements of serious drama, romantic comedy, and discomforting black comedic elements of the horror film in her low-budget gem, Bottled Up (2013)…”

Film Internationalhttp://filmint.nu/?p=12220

“Writer/director Enid Zentelis is a master of presenting family dynamics with the kind of detail which makes a film universal and identifiable.”

Filmoria, UKhttp://www.filmoria.co.uk/2013/04/tribeca-film-festival-review-bottled-up/

“Finally, a sexually viable onscreen mom whose jeans maintain an appropriately high waistline, who wears chunky sneakers to the grocery store, and whose wrinkles are visibly defined — in short, one who may resemble your own mother more than any immaculate-skinned Modern Family cast member….Like Sylvie’s wardrobe of oversized hoodies, the humor is loose and natural. It breaks up the tension of this addiction story with small, bright moments of pure joy.”

Village Voice, NYChttp://www.villagevoice.com/2014-02-26/film/bottled-up-movie-review/full/

“Melissa Leo proves again why she’s one of America’s finest actors with a shimmering, delicate performance as a middle-aged divorcee who falls for a younger man in Bottled Up, a micro-budget indie dramedy costarring Josh Hamilton (American Horror Story) and Marin Ireland (Homeland)… A small, intimate, bittersweet, and wonderfully crafted love story, it may very well add a spring to your step as you exit the theater.”

Philadelphia Inquirer http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20140228_Melissa_Leo_shimmers_in__Bottled_Up_.html

Evergreen

“The kind of small, deeply personal American film that rarely surfaces even in art theaters these days… [Zentelis] has an unpretentious, effortless style and is highly skilled with her first-rate cast. Mainstream moviegoers at their local AMC willing to stray from Hollywood fare may find themselves pleasantly surprised.”

Los Angeles Times http://articles.latimes.com/2004/sep/10/entertainment/et-Evergreen10

“a wispy, full-bodied story told with a tender vigor, a superior (Sundance) competition entrant…the supporting performances remarkable”

The Hollywood Reporter

“’Evergreen’ a rare, realistic alternative to tween princesses …this small, smart movie, one of the brighter spots at this year’s Sundance festival.”

Newark Star-ledger

Five out of five stars: “Observant, touching, funny and smart.”

Orlando Sentinel

“It’s virtually impossible to watch the movie and not be moved… Evergreen is a calm eye in the aftermath of a hurricane of summer movies. It doesn’t have lots of stars or a big budget. It wasn’t written by committee or rewritten by test screenings. It’s a brave statement by a talented new filmmaker, brought to life by a wonderful cast. And it deserves your attention.”

Washington DC Journal

“A rare film that’s about social class in American life, and Bellingham writer-director Enid Zentelis explores its hidden structure and silent barriers in a novel, subtle way that makes its points without hitting us over the head with them.”

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“An affecting slice of low-watt indie filmmaking that goes where few American movies bother: below the poverty line.”

Boston Globe

“Addie Land is a wonder… Zentelis and Land are two new artists that promise exciting futures.”

Seattle Times