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Red Cockroaches (2003)

 -  Drama | Sci-Fi  -  22 April 2004 (USA)
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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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Credited cast:
Adam Plotch ...
Adam Zarrasky
Talia Rubel ...
Lily Zarrasky
Diane Spodarek ...
Krista Zarrasky
Jeff Pucillo ...
Nick
Limor Shopen ...
Monica Zaister
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Bill Harris
Leila J. Babson ...
Doris, the baglady
Mariana Moratona ...
Drunk woman
Stephanie Sloane ...
Laura Zaister
Sarah Brensinger ...
Alice
Peter Brensinger ...
Evil boy
Ed Band ...
Priest
Stephanie Wang ...
Reporter#2
Paul De Sousa ...
Bar manager
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Ilanit Benjamin ...
Girl by the sea
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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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When shooting a scene involving a green plastic gun (sprayed with black paint) on an upstate New York highway, two police cars arrived. They had received calls from drivers passing by saying. "There is a maniac in a orange suit pointing with a gun at a girl." The fact that it was a one man crew with such a small digital camera, generated the wrong idea. The policemen stormed out of the cars and handcuffed everybody. Later one of the officers realized that it was a movie when he discovered the small MiniDV camera. The scene was never used in the final cut. See more »

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Lily Zarrasky: And now I've realized the world is even more... Dumb. Isn't that funny? Evolution is really fucking us. The human being, the human being... Fuck! We all are animals, right? Maybe I say this because I had a child's vision before. But I see people wasting time with formalities and "anti-formalities"... And they are afraid of doing what they really want. You go to the subway and see all those people. And they really make me sad. So... What am I going to do with my life? I don't know. Anything as ...
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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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