Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

Keep the Change


Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 93 minutes

Keep the Change
Keep the Change

David is a lonely man in New York City looking to find a foothold on the dating scene. Forced to attend a group for autistic men and women, thanks to his ability to tell crass jokes to the wrong people—in this case a police officer—David suddenly finds himself thrust into a relationship with Sarah. KEEP THE CHANGE is a charming comedy about two individuals navigating the troubled waters of love, life, and relationships—as people do. Expertly shot and handled with the care attributed to romantic comedies, this film doesn’t mock or use the characters—many of whom are autistic—as the punchlines of jokes. Instead, KEEP THE CHANGE functions as a reminder that all’s fair in love, no matter the situation. David and Sarah’s budding relationship hits the same snags, has the same highs, and relies on the same level of vulnerability as do all relationships. But in the hands of this enchanting cast, it comes across as even more relatable and universal than many rom-coms. —T.W.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 2:15 PM

Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 7:25 PM

American Independents Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Rachel Israel

Rachel Israel received her B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and her M.F.A. from Columbia University School of the Arts. In addition to teaching film at Rhode Island School of Design, Israel has directed numerous short films, which have screened at festivals worldwide. KEEP THE CHANGE won the award for Best New Narrative Director and the Jury Award at the Tribeca Film Festival.


Summer Shelton, Todd Remis, Kurt Enger

Rachel Israel

Zachary Halberd

Alex Camilleri

Principal Cast
Brandon Polansky, Samantha Elisofon, Nicky Gottlieb, Will Deaver, Jessica Walter

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