With a couple good laughs, some romance and a final scene as satisfying as any movie fan could wish for, "Imprint" is multi-layered and smart, and I found it even better the second time around when I returned for another viewing the next day.
The technical aspects are so superb it often didn't feel like a local film--we almost might forget it is a South Dakota production, but for the constant reminders by scenery. South Dakota's landscapes and inhabitants are portrayed tenderly, with sweeping cinematography enhanced by Michael Linn's original score.
"It has more 'oomph,'" she said.
Former Rapid City mayor Jim Shaw was also in attendance, and--while he didn't use the word "oomph"--he was one of many viewers who mentioned the plot's surprise twist with admiration.
"It kept me in suspense. ... The ending blew me away. I had no clue," he said. "They've got a winner here."