“Based on a true story, Extra Innings is a film that actually feels very real - and touching at the same time, precisely because it doesn’t try to hard to hammer its story home but really lets the story unfold, warts and all, with a cast of characters that feel so real and relatable because they are all fallible and loveable at the same time. Also, despite all the drama that’s happening (like the protagonist losing his two favourite siblings to suicide) this is not a strictly sad film but one that sheds a light on all sides of life, even the funny ones. In all, it basically makes one feel the lead character’s rounded out story - and that’s something not many films achieve.And by the way, it’s not necessary to know the first thing about baseball to enjoy the movie (says someone who doesn’t know the first thing about baseball).”
“You’ve probably already got it pictured in your mind, the title of writer and director Albert Dabah’s new film Extra Innings lending itself to a certain theme. However, like most baseball movies, the sport is hardly ever the thing, with the real story being the drama surrounding the player (or players).There’s a warm, lived-in-feel to Extra Innings, the film deeply respectful of its characters and its time, patient in allowing them the spaces they need as it all orbits David and his choices. Dabah, in his feature length directorial debut, is obviously well-connected to it and his cast feels as committed, the film never not authentic, even as some moments feel purposefully elaborated. A Sentimental and profoundly sincere effort. Highly recommended.”
The children of today are able to take for granted a great many things that people of only a few generations ago struggled with every day. It can be hard to convey these types of problems but Extra Innings, a Simba Production written and directed by Albert Dabah, indeed succeeds at this feat. The movie does an amazing job of telling the story of mental illness from a perspective of those helpless to understand or help those afflicted, but whom are loved dearly. For anyone who has lived or loved someone with mental illness, this will surely draw parallels, and for those who haven’t, it certainly pulls back the curtain and allows a peek into the confusing and trying world of being in such a situation. And for Albert Dabah, who plays his own father intensely, this movie serves as a heartbreaking love letter to his dear siblings who will forever be in his thoughts, even decades have passed.
The expression “heart in the right place” is normally used as a smallish complement to counteract some obvious flaw or as a baseline pleasantry when something does not achieve its goal fully. Albert Dabah’s intensely personal independent film Extra Innings carries that expression with neither of those dismissive caveats. Its heart is indeed in the right place, with that position being right next to its soul. That soul is wearing cleats, a ball cap, a weathered glove, and a stirrup-ed uniform patrolling the grasses of venter field on a baseball diamond on a sunny summer day. Extra Innings challenge suicide with a very virtuous balance of wrought drama and disarming brevity. This can be a hard watch, but an overwhelmingly heartwarming one as well.