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Tweek City is a week in the life of Bill, a potentially closeted, half-Latino, small-time speed dealer in San Francisco's Mission District. Bill is stuck on an endless walk from one empty experience to the next. Only Bill's friend Jerm has the ability to connect and ground him in reality. When Jerm makes an ill-advised stage dive, Bill plunges into a downward spiral that takes him on a nocturnal journey through the streets of San Francisco and ultimately down to Los Angeles where he crashes his high school sweetheart's wedding. From his sleep-deprived, hallucinogenic state, Bill fails miserably in a desperate attempt to reconnect with his first and only love. With nowhere else to go, Bill jacks a car and ends up at the deserted drive-in theater of his childhood where he is forced to confront the ghosts that he had tried to leave behind. Written by
An Indie film of surprising depth by an interesting new director
"Tweek City" is a fine little indie film that explores the paranoid world of crack users in the gritty, wonderfully realized underbelly of San Francisco. It seems like a "Midnight Cowboy" for the 2000s, part buddy movie and part cautionary tale.
The anti-hero Bill Jensen completes a real journey in the film and that journey is fully realized in the impassioned acting of Giussepe Andrews. Bill struggles throughout the film not only with his drug habit, but with ethnic and sexual identity. HIs sexual struggle gives his feelings about his buddy, Jerm, a special poignancy. Jerm is full of life force and enduring optimism. He and Bill's steady Latino friend are the only ballast that keep Bill's leaky boat afloat.
The cinematography and production values are way beyond the scope of most Indies. The look is stark, the soundtrack eerie and foreboding. I haven't seen anything by the director Eric Johnson before, but I would certainly add him to my list of "must sees" for the future.
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