In the wake of his estranged father’s death, NEIL MERCER (Ross Partridge) —a successful LA consultant with a penchant for work, whiskey and women — journeys back to the Midwestern village of his youth to help sell the family cottage. But when a job opportunity compels his younger brother JAMES (Kentucker Audley) to leave suddenly, Neil finds himself marooned in the house with REBECCA BRANDT (Joslyn Jensen), James’s fiancée, a woman whose youthful demeanor belies an uncanny ability to see through the older man’s haughty façade.
An unlikely friendship is forged — one that only intensifies with the discovery that what they share is far more powerful than either of them could’ve expected. As James’s return draws nearer, they find themselves faced with a choice: remain the people they are, or become the ones they want to be — no matter the cost.
Set amid the bleak beauty of wintry rural Michigan, THE MIDDLE DISTANCE takes an honest, clear-eyed look at the demands of kinship, the singular ache of nostalgia, and the possibility that sometimes happy endings are the hardest to bear.