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Security, Colorado (2001)

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Andrew Gillis' debut feature, simulating a documentary film with its use of handheld cameras, was awarded an official certificate for following Dogme 95's rules for "cinematic chastity." ... See full summary »


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Andrew Gillis' debut feature, simulating a documentary film with its use of handheld cameras, was awarded an official certificate for following Dogme 95's rules for "cinematic chastity." Following college, Karen relocates to Security, Colorado, to be close to boyfriend Paul. With an apartment and a job in a record store, her life is in order, so she then embarks on her dream of becoming a writer. However, her job is unfulfilling, and when she spots a theft in the store, she doesn't report the shoplifter but instead attempts to befriend her. Unable to relate to life around her, Karen has a growing dissatisfaction with her existence, and an unusual psychological portrait emerges as she attempts to deal with everyday realities and find security in Security. Written by Anonymous

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Good, and Dogme 95
26 February 2004 | by (Glendale, CA) – See all my reviews

I was drawn into this on the Sundance Channel. If you ever watch Sundance, you won't really think this movie weird. It's shot on a consumer DV camera, as are all Dogme 95 movies, but it tells its story of a young woman's identity crisis well.

Karen has graduated college and has a boyfriend of sorts, Paul. But they are not really happy. Well, Paul is happy as a clam, but Karen obviously feels trapped. Not just by Paul, but by her life, and the transition from college to the rest of her life. The movie follows Karen as she gets a job at a record store and separates from Paul and tries to get some idea of what she wants to do with her life. It's a powerful movie with a powerful ending, and I think it more powerful precisely because of the Dogme 95 and Dada elements.

Sundance's premovie description mentioned Dadaism accurately. That, and the Dogme 95 "vow of chastity" made this movie lots of fun to watch. Not only is the camera handheld, which is a Dogme 95 thing, but the handheld work is often just technically poor, which is part of the dadaesque thing, along with a lot of work close in on the faces of the actors that sets out to be as unflattering as possible. In addition, actress Karen Felber has a really haphazard hair cut that does not do her nice features justice. However, Felber is still wonderful to watch. Sure, she's pretty, in that darkeyed petite girl sorta way, but it's in her mannerisms, the way she carries herself, the way her eyes dart about when she is talking.

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