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At play in the fears of the Cross Feeling some Angst with Merry Sofa
The PMFM publicity 'droid thanked us for coming. 'The traffic's terrible out there, so is the weather, but we're glad you were able to make it,' she addressed a half-full Cinema 16 at Greater Union Innaloo. Merry Sofa and Basil's Mum had indeed braved erratic driving and the elements to preview a new Australian movie, Angst. Angst is German for fear, and that is one of the themes of the flick. Merry wondered if the fear was that he was like the characters in the movie when he was a teen and young twenty-something: witty, sharply-dressed, articulate. All the evidence (school photos, family anecdotes) indicate he wasn't - fortunately movies like Angst help keep the illusion alive. Anyway: the action is set in and around King's Cross, Sydney. Dean works in a video store, and hopes to become a horror-script writer. His flatmate and former girlfriend Jade refuses to get a job 'cos she's a bright girl, their mate Ian hails from Sydney's western suburbs and yearns to be a stand-up comedian. This unproductive triumvirate are joined by Mole, who steals their VCR, and May, a Goth. Dean lavishes sarcasm on May for conforming to a sub-culture - she ripostes by saying the video-store worker who aspires to write films is a bigger cliché than she'll ever be. Right on! This scene was early in the movie and the fact that May didn't make any reference to Quentin Tarantino was a good sign: generally Angst is an intelligent and thoughtful script. The film is aimed at the young ones: there were several walk-outs during the preview. Incessant bong-smoking, talk about sex and bad teeth aren't everyone's cup of tea. But Angst is no Bad Lieutenant - there's nothing especially gross shown on screen. Not a lot of nudity or sex - except for a fabulous scene near the, er, climax, which sees a naked May rising and falling in a bedroom of colourful stuffed toys. Lovely! Perhaps the most distressing scene is a cat, which gets sold to a man in a cardigan for $1,000. Dean, Jade and Ian wrestle with their fears throughout the movie, and ultimately win through - as you would expect for a film aimed at a 'young adult' audience. Basil's Mum: I thought it was alright for an Australian film. My favourite line was Dean talking about the truffle pig. (We are unable to reproduce the quote in full, but rest assured it involves cunnilingus). Basil's Mum: You can't knock Australian films. Merry: Not even if it's To The Lighthouse Dancing? The editing is super - like a video game - zippy and fast. The opening titles are a graphic designer's dream.it's like looking at a lava lamp.
Merry Sofa's Measurement: 6 cushions out of 10.
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