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Film Review: ‘Lemon’

25 January 2017 3:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

To say that “Lemon” is quirky would be like saying that a lemon is yellow: It’s the nature of the object. The film’s entire raison d’être is to be as quirky and anomalous and avant-weird as possible. Mission accomplished. It’s fair to ask, though: To what end? “Lemon” is the year’s breakout buzz film from the Next section of Sundance, which is all about the cutting edge (it also just kicked off the International Film Festival Rotterdam), but let’s be clear: You could program this movie in 100 specialty theaters and market it with an advertising budget of $5 million, and it’s still doubtful that many people would show up. Not because the film is “too strange,” but because it’s so hermetically coy and self-conscious.

Lemon” is a comedy of miserablism that keeps poking you in the ribs — and, quite often, fails to hit »

- Owen Gleiberman

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