October 02, 2012 at 04:26 PM EDT

“Once upon a time there was a little boy named Isaac. He made everyone’s dreams come true.”

That’s the opening line in the trailer for Mark Webber’s The End of Love, a Sundance film that Webber wrote and directed and filled with his actor friends, like Michael Cera. But it’s not a fairy tale and it’s hardly a romantic comedy; it’s the polar opposite of both. Webber plays a version of himself, an actor struggling to be a dad to his two-year-old son — played by Webber’s real son, Isaac — after his wife dies. “It’s inspired by elements of his life. He does have loss in his life, and it’s about how you deal with it, but also how you process it while having someone to take care of,” Sundance chief programmer Trevor Groth told EW last November. “It’s very intimate.”

(Don’t worry: Isaac’s real mom, actress Frankie Shaw, is alive and well, though the breakup of her relationship with Webber inspired the screenplay.)

The End of Love is aiming for a spring 2013 release.

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