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Red Cockroaches (2003)

Unrated  |   |  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
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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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The producers strongly considered casting multiple actresses in the role of Lily, alternating different performers for each scene's rendition. This had less to do with any artistic choice, and more to do with the fact that they had such a difficult time deciding between a plethora of different, highly talented actresses who showed up to audition, each of whom had different strengths, and performed completely different scenes with varying degrees of skill. Ultimately, Talia Rubel was cast both for her exceptional acting ability as well as the fact that she looked virtually identical to a computerized sketch of what the director imagined the character of Lily to look like. See more »

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Bill Harris: I was imagining what you'd look like sitting on my face without your panties...
Lily Zarrasky: Well, I'd be happy to cut off your breathing.
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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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