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Red Cockroaches (2003)

Unrated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 22 April 2004 (USA)
First of a Trilogy: In a New York ravaged with acid rains, a man in his twenties meets a mysterious, yet familiar young woman who disrupts the banality of his day-to-day existence. Together, they will embark on a surreal journey with a devastating climax.

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Credited cast:
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Adam Zarrasky
Talia Rubel ...
Lily Zarrasky
Diane Spodarek ...
Krista Zarrasky
Jeff Pucillo ...
Nick
Limor Shopen ...
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Bill Harris
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Doris, the baglady
Mariana Moratona ...
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Laura Zaister
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Alice
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Stephanie Wang ...
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First of a Trilogy: In a New York ravaged with acid rains, a man in his twenties meets a mysterious, yet familiar young woman who disrupts the banality of his day-to-day existence. Together, they will embark on a surreal journey with a devastating climax.

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The original script was about ten pages longer than the one used in the final version of the film. Those additional scenes were actually all shot (although almost none were edited). The excised scenes were not interspersed throughout the film; rather, they all appeared after the action that closes the final scene in the final iteration of the film. The director edited the film sequentially and decided an open ending will be more suggestive for the surreal atmosphere he intended than the more conventional resolution he had scripted. See more »

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Adam Zarrasky: This is by no means the family's worst secret.
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Brilliant
18 December 2004 | by (Trieste) – See all my reviews

While certainly not for mainstream tastes, this feature debut by Miguel Coyula is outstanding from almost every point of view. Forget the $2000 budget. I really don't care when filmmakers say "Oh I had a very small budget, so please excuse the poor quality of my film" Not the case here. The filmmaker has created a strange menacing cinematic world saturated with lurid colours and moody soundtrack.

Of course, this alone wouldn't be enough to sustain a movie. The story deals with a convoluted case of incest. It is essentially a movie that manages to turn a disturbing story into a fascinating (and even erotic) study of the human psyche. The influence of David Lynch is obvious as it is full of moments of "high weirdness" but Coyula's vision and sensibilities are unique. I'm sure he'll make great films in the future (that is if he's not seduced by Hollywood).

A must see if you are into "strange" films. Many will leave the theatre wondering what the hell happened but I can assure you it wont leave you indifferent.


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