MARILYN HOTCHKISS’ BALLROOM DANCING AND CHARM SCHOOL is a beautiful film that celebrates the reawakening of the spirit. Based on a short film created 15 years ago by the director and co-writer Randall Miller and wife Jody Savin, MARILYN HOTCHKISS centers on Frank Keane (Robert Carlyle), a widowed man consumed by his wife’s death. On a delivery run one day, Frank witnesses a car wreck and talks to the man inside, Steve Mills (John Goodman), who is on the verge of dying. In the last moments of his life, Steve explains the urgency that led to his situation; he tells the story of his childhood love that he swore 40 years ago he would meet at Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm school where they first met as kids. When Frank attempts to deliver Steve’s regrets for not showing up, Frank meets both Meredith (Marisa Tomei) and the infectious world of dance, which allows his heart to open and find love again.