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The Paint Job (1993)

About a love triangle, involving house painter, his boss and the boss sensitive, vulnerable wife. The film turns into a picture of hidden desires, romantic dreams and dangerous obsessions.

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About a love triangle, involving house painter, his boss and the boss sensitive, vulnerable wife. The film turns into a picture of hidden desires, romantic dreams and dangerous obsessions.

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Rated R for language, and for some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »
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Painting by numbers
20 July 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Michael Taav's film came out of nowhere, as I don't think this movie was ever commercially shown, at all. The director, working with his own material does wonders in presenting a film that is mysterious, sexy and gory at various stages, but it will never bore, or disappoint the curious viewer.

The casting of the film is wonderful. We don't get to see much of actors of the caliber of the ones involved in this Indie often. Mr. Taav seems to be telling us there are a lot more things involved in human relations than really meet the eye. What happens at the beginning of the film in a sequence that is amazing, will ruin someone's life forever because of the action of an abusive parent.

The triangle at the center of the story is thrown together by circumstances beyond their control. Will Patton does another excellent appearance as Wesley, the man obsessed with Margaret, who is married to his boss. Robert Pastorelli, RIP, was wonderful as Willie, a man who is more mysterious than what he appears on the surface. Bebe Neuwirth is Margaret the repressed wife. This actress gives one of the best performances of her career.

The last scene at the abandoned house that needs a paint job is something so original, yet no American film, in recent memory, has dared to show the climax in such a "colorful" detail. Mr Taav shows he has a great talent worth waiting for his next film will be welcomed by the ones that watched this movie and hopefully a wider audience.


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