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The Guatemalan Handshake (2006)

A mysterious power failure in a small mountain town coincides with the disappearance of one of its most eccentric young residents. Mystery piles upon mystery as his family and friends ... See full summary »

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5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Katy Haywood ...
Turkeylegs
Ken Byrnes ...
Mr. Turnupseed
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Donald Turnupseed
Sheila Scullin ...
Sadie
Rich Schreiber ...
Stool
Kathleen Kennedy ...
Ethel Firecracker
Cory McAbee ...
Spank Williams
Ivan Dimitrov ...
Ivan
Andy Nadler ...
Barnard
Jim Ligons ...
Curtis
VaLonda Harris ...
Delabia
Sam Myers ...
Lunchmeat
Andy Sheffer ...
Neckface
T.J. Bream ...
Leonard
Christopher Morse ...
Insurance Man
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A mysterious power failure in a small mountain town coincides with the disappearance of one of its most eccentric young residents. Mystery piles upon mystery as his family and friends search for him, fail, and ultimately try to forget about him, an undertaking that results in many unexpected, and in some cases bizarre, effects on the town's already peculiar community. Written by Anonymous

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A feast for the senses... a challenge for the brain.

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Comedy | Drama

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January 2006 (USA)  »

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Guatemalai kézfogás  »

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A new vision not to be missed
1 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I originally saw this film at Slamdance, and it left me wanting more. While it's visually arresting, the ideas all seem brilliant but incoherent. I struggled with the puzzle for a year. It took me that long to come around to the conclusion that it didn't all have to add up. That unlike most cinema, where there's the thematic wrap-up at the conclusion... this film doesn't leave you with that same sense of Hollywood satisfaction. It jumps through characters each struggling with their place in the world; each slamming and being slammed in an unpredictable fashion. And this is what I was left with. Not a neatly wrapped present but an open box that's had its guts dumped all over the ground. This is a film that I imagine will get better each time you watch it. Familiarity with the huge cast of characters, and their relationships to each other will only assist with interpretation. But brain-candy aside, the moments in the film are enough to keep you smiling. 8/10


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