Santa Barbara News Press - Sunday, April 9, 2000


Variety - April 16, 2000



A modern-day Grapes of Wrath. First, Last and Deposit applies a naturalistic, verite technique to a powerful social drama about the "other" America.
Ed Rampell (Variety)


"The cool thing about acting is that you get to be someone else."
Simply one of the most amazing films I've seen in quite awhile. It's a gritty, honest, and exceptionally frank look at a single mother and her teenage daughter who struggle with homelessness, hard knocks, and life. If you're tired of Hollywood painting pictures of perfect people on the screen in unrealisitic and unbelievable situations, then you should see this movie. Some of the scenes and dialogue from this movie are going to haunt me for quite awhile.
—Damien Barrett (IMDb, New York City, 20 September 2000)


Director Peter Hyoguchi deftly captures the despair of mother and daughter in this gritty, realistic portrait reminiscent of Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows but updated with DV camera work and a sense of immediacy that is at once thrilling and entirely intimate.
Program Notes LAIFF 2000


"Bringing films like 'first, last and deposit' to a wider audience are what The Independent Film Channel was created to do," — commented Bravo Networks EVP of New Media Joe Cantwell. — "Now via our new DV Theater strand, that audience can include not only on-air viewers, but online and Broadband viewers as well. We hope that this is just the first of many titles from Peter and Duffy that we are able to present.", 9/20/00


The best movie about the homeless since Midnight Cowboy.
Peter Marin (Contributing Editor, Harper's)


As someone who has worked on homelessness issues for almost 30 years, First, Last and Deposit is definitely one of the best I have ever seen . . . the acting is superb I could not stop watching. With welfare reform now being implemented nationwide, we fully expect to see more families wind up homeless. Let me know how I can help spread the word about this great film.
Michael Stoops (Director, The National Coalition of the Homeless)


Infinite riches in a little room.
Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles)


A gritty, emotional triumph that drives the issue of homelessness home.
Kathleen Fairweather (Editor, Creative


A triumph for Hyoguchi. First, Last and Deposit explores personal and emotional strains in ways reminiscent of Truffaut's bleak 400 Blows . . . touching, quasi-documentary . . . it's as if you, too, are snuggled up with them, their anxieties and disbelief . . . a realism made more gritty and intimate by the use of digital.
Ben Hellwarth (Staff Writer, Santa Barbara News-Press)


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