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He Died with a Felafel in His Hand (2001)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 30 August 2001 (Australia)
A nightmare chase through hell in a never-ending, unrequited daisy chain of desire...

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Sam
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Alex Menglet ...
Brett Stewart ...
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Torquil Neilson ...
Otis
Sophie Lee ...
Nina
Francis McMahon ...
Dirk
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Iain the Socialist
Robert Rimmer ...
Derek the Bank Clerk
Sayuri Tanoue ...
Satomi Tiger
Linal Haft ...
Brisbane Goon 1
Nathan Kotzur ...
Brisbane Goon 2
Haskel Daniel ...
Jabber (as Haskel Daniels)
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A search for love, meaning and bathroom solitude. Danny goes through a series of shared housing experiences in a succession of cities on the east coast of Australia. Together these vignettes form a narrative that is surprisingly reflective. Written by Film Movement

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Some people will do anything to get out of paying the rent

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Comedy | Romance

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30 August 2001 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

E morì con un felafel in mano  »

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AUD 3,900,000 (estimated)
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The opening line of the credits reads 'For Michael 1960 -1997', referring to Michael Hutchence, a close friend of director Lowenstein. See more »

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In the scene with Dirk and Nina arguing over the pineapple chunks, the label on the can changes from shot to shot, from "pineapple pieces" to "sliced pineapple". Neither can contains "pineapple chunks" as said in the dialogue. See more »

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[first lines]
Danny: Flip, turn the fucking TV off! People are trying to sleep.
[Flip does not respond]
Danny: Flip, have some fucking consideration.
[Danny turns the TV off]
Danny: For Christ's sake, Flip... Flipster? Oh, shit. Shit! Fuck!
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Apologies to: Jean-Luc Godard, Buster Keaton, Louise Brooks, Anna Karina, Antonin Artand, Robert Bresson, Jean-Pierre Melville, Andrei Tarkovsky, Fedorico Fellini, Emir Kusturica, Wong Kar Wei, Yasujiro Ozu, Jean-Paul Satre, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Alain Delon, Francis Ford Coppola, Elvis Presley & Sandy Harbutt. See more »

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References Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) See more »

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Didley Squat
Written by Rupert Keiller and Adrian Cartwright
Performed by sonicanimation
Festival Music Pty Ltd
Licensed from Festival Mushroom Group
sonicanimation appear courtesy of Global Recordings
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Don't judge a book by it's cover
12 August 2003 | by (Christchurch, NZ) – See all my reviews

This film is a perfect example of the old saying not to judge a book by its cover. Here in NZ the DVD cover is a shot of him underwater with cigarette smoke hazing it over a little which looks uncannily like his head is in a toilet bowl. Out of pure curiosity I finally ventured up enough courage to take the 'plunge' and rented it out. What I found pleasantly surprised me. The dialogue is actually quite witty and sharp at times. What really makes this film tick however is the characters. They are from all walks of life covering a multitude of nationalities, much like a real flatting / boarding situation is. Noah Taylor plays his part as a washed out and uninspired writer named Danny down to pat even though I think he must have the least amount of dialogue in the film. Emily Hamilton plays Sam, a young and somewhat naive girl who, like most young people, hasn't totally decided what to do with her life. I found her performance to be quite convincing and not contrived or overacted like some performances can be in these types of low budget art films.

Romane Bohringer plays a spooky role as a pagan who takes her religion very seriously at times (The scene where she convinces one of her brainless flatmates to be a 'sacrificial lamb' upon a burning stake is hilarious) Her performances are also above average and generally tend to give the viewer the impression she is a witch bent on injecting chaos into any given domestic situation. Alex Minglet is perfectly casted as Taylor, a serious drinker who enjoys dressing up in commando gear and playing golf with frogs. His antics had me in stitches whenever he appeared on screen. There are other brilliant little support performances by Haskel Daniel as 'Jabber the Hut' who controls (and worships) the television set and Francis McMahon who plays Dirk who is having troubles coming out of the 'closet'. Also look out for some weird European dude who only says two lines during the film, "They are very, very fit." - Oddball stuff but makes for good humour, especially if you are a person who has been flatting at one time or another. This film isn't just about laughs however. Ideas and themes of friendship and new beginnings are put across quite seamlessly into the plot as Danny experiences a rite of passage which takes him from being stuck in the past to looking forward to the future and leaving the mess (which follows him from flat to flat during the film) well behind. Brett Stewart plays a heroin junkie named Flip who is trying to get ahead in life but finds himself caught in a ever increasing downward spiral of drug intake. I feel this film touches upon the issue of hard drug addiction quite well as you can visibly see what it is slowly doing to Flip. The film is set in Australia and is in my personal opinion one of the best films to emerge from there in a while. The soundtrack is complimentary and the ending will leave you with a smile on your face. I recommend this film to anyone who has a taste for small budget arty type films and can enjoy a little bit of black humour with their vegemite on toast in the morning. 7/10


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