SHADES OF DAY

By Vitaly SUMIN

VM PRODUCTIONS-US - as PROD

Thriller - Completed 2006

A suspenseful Hollywood fable based on Feodor Dostoevsky's classic novella "White Nights": the film introduces us to the enchanting Linda,whose life is centered around a planned reunion with her former lover Paul. Her plans change in remarkable ways once she arrives to LA.

    • Year of production
    • 2006
    • Genres
    • Thriller, Romance, First film
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 102 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Vitaly SUMIN
    • Writer(s)
    • Vitaly SUMIN, Jeff BERGQUIST
    • Producer(s)
    • Vitaly SUMIN (VM Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • Steven Prescott (Alexander Smith) is drifting through his days. He works as a security guard, having given up on his dream of becoming a successful screenwriter.
      Then one day he comes upon a gang of young toughs assaulting a young woman. He rescues her and brings her home.
      Recovering quickly, the woman, named Linda (Camilla Bergstrom), begins to puncture the complacency that shrouds Steven’s existence. He’s somewhat distressed by this, but is also drawn to the beautiful intruder.
      Linda, however, is carrying a torch for her former lover Paul (Brian Paul Stuart), a brilliant African-American astronomy student who has pushed her out of his life to concentrate on his Ph.D. The plan is for them to meet again in two years when he’s completed his studies.
      The plot thickens when Linda persuades Steven to spy on Paul, with strict instructions not to make contact. Steven disobeys her instructions and begins to develop a friendship with his unsuspecting rival.
      Steven also becomes Linda’s lover in a race to win her heart before the scheduled reunion.
      Along the way, Linda has a tryst with film producer Gary Huy (Philippe Bergeron) who has offered her the starring role in his next production.
      Steven’s relationship with Linda blossoms meanwhile until she discovers a novel he’s writing to exorcise his guilt over stealing her from Paul. This ironically serves to reignite her previous passion. Distraught, the idealistic writer is driven to a supreme act of betrayal and deceit.
      Events take strange and unexpected turns as one extraordinary scene tumbles into the next. These include a mysterious masked sexual encounter, murder at the hands of the Russian mafia, and a dramatic showdown between Linda, Steven, and Paul---aII of which leads to an
      unforeseen conclusion and, out of chaos, a new beginning.
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