Ten years in the making, An Ordinary Couple is the story of two men on an extraordinary journey from their funeral to their wedding. Yes, in that order.
Unable to legally marry in 2006, Orin and Bernardo celebrate their longtime partnership by inviting family and friends to their ‘living funeral’ at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. An impressive marble monument is unveiled, inscribed with their achievement; ‘Two Hearts, Two Souls. Together in Life. Forever in Eternity.’
This all-consuming and symbolic event forces Orin and Bernardo to examine their lives in such a way that all aspects of who they are - both then and now, are revealed. They discuss what it was like growing up gay in 1950s and 1960s America and how it presented an extra set of challenges. It was their common quest to find their own identities that brought them both to Los Angeles, and ultimately to each other. After meeting in 1976 they experienced five years of an on-and-off again relationship.
As the status of gay rights in California pendulums drastically in 2008, the film follows Orin and Bernardo while they plan their wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. On October 12, 2008 family and friends gather to celebrate the moment where at last, they have all the rights afforded other Americans. However, just 33 days later they must confront the upheaval caused by California's proposition 8.
An Ordinary Couple had a successful film festival run in 2010, premiering at Outfest and then going on to win both the Jury and Audience Awards at Sidewalk's SHOUT as well as Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. The film was also an official selection of the Austin Film Festival, Cinema Diverse and NewFest.
Since that time, much has changed in the world, and with the film. An Ordinary Couple now includes an added epilogue that follows marriage equality in the United States and the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage in June 2015. In September 2016, the film was awarded Best of Festival in Houston, Texas at the Gulf Coast International Film Festival.
Bernardo and Orin recently entered their 40th year as partners and 8th year as a legally married couple. Their story is not distinctive in that it involves two men. Rather it is extraordinary that the relationship has flourished for over 40 years, that both men escaped the AIDS epidemic, and that they continue to make their relationship equal in a world where discrimination, opposition and misunderstanding exist.
In a country mired in politics, their story speaks volumes to the basic human need to be recognized, loved and respected.
January 2018 | Beverly Hills
Los Angeles Premiere
Details Coming Soon
Reviews and Articles of Interest
Bonding for the great beyond - The Austin Chronicle
The Vow Factor - Wade on Birmingham
Outfest Tonight - Greg in Hollywood
In with the old, in with the new - indiewire
An ordinary couple & a royal success - Entertainment Today
In death they do not part -- in fact, they have a party - Los Angeles Times
Lovers Forever - The Advocate
An (not so) Ordinary Couple - Inside Knoxville
Bernardo Puccio and Orin Kennedy
Lisa Davis & Dana Lesiuk
Carmen Del Toro
SUPERVISING SOUND EDITOR & RE-RECORDING MIXER
Matthew W. Kielkopf