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Fits & Starts (2002)

A young man and woman spend the afternoon drinking orange soda and conversing through cassette recorders. And there's a musical number.

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Stacie Rasmussen ...
Iris Gardner (as Anastacia Rasmussen)
Pernilla Edstrom ...
Iris Voice
James Rasmussen ...
Verlin
Ugochukwu Ihednukara Nwaoha ...
Verlin Double
Jeff Coatney ...
N.D.F. Spokesman
Cameron VanHook ...
Generic Movie Child
Melissa Di Meglio ...
French Maid (as Melissa Rasmussen)
Marisa Booppacheun ...
Iris Double
Chadd B. Cole ...
Bodybuilder
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A young man and woman spend the afternoon drinking orange soda and conversing through cassette recorders. And there's a musical number.

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Comedy | Short

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11 October 2002 (USA)  »

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Brilliant! Why can't we have feature films like this?
13 January 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Fits & Starts is a short film (10 minutes) centered focused on a man and a woman, Verlin and Iris, "conversing" with each other while sitting on a couch. The film spoofs many conventions of film-making, and is very surrealistic.

What an amazing film! Although I haven't seen any of Vince Di Meglio's other directorial work yet--the bulk of his film credits are in visual effects--I can't wait to see more after watching Fits & Starts. This is what I want more feature length films to be like. Fits & Starts is unapologetically rule-breaking and bizarre, but at the same time it doesn't just play like a random progression of images, as some intentionally odd films, or sections of films, do. Even though Verlin and Iris have very limited changes of expression, and they don't literally talk to one another, their interaction is captivating, well shot, and Di Meglio's barbs at film-making conventions are both funny and enlightening.

My only slight complaint is that I would have preferred to hear less traditional music, but it's not enough to bring down my rating of this film. A 10 out of 10 from me.


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