A Global Film Noir with dark comic elements about Silas Breece, a legendarily unorthodox business hustler who travels the world seeking capitol from bizarre investors, mobsters and ... See full summary »
From a bland tract house on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Simon Geist (with occasional help from his platonic girlfriend Darla) wages war against all of modern American popular culture. ... See full summary »
Director Dan Zukovic weaves together the bizarre story of a love triangle between an artist, a graphic designer, and their inspiring muse. Viscount Laris is an eccentric, modern-day dandy obsessed by the power of art and visual imagery to shape the behavior and destiny of the individual. Juxta, a striking young cosmetician absorbed by masks, makeup, and false identities, soon falls under Viscount's idiosyncratic influence. Together they plot an elaborate game where they seek to influence the behavior of Ed Smith, a harmless and complacent graphic designer, through a meticulously planned series of staged visual events. Smith himself is unaware that these 'visual events' are manufactured and he soon becomes obsessed by Juxta, the mysterious woman he associates with these 'charged images'. As the game progresses, Viscount's experiments grow sinister and cruel. Juxta, having fallen for Smith, decides to turn the tables on Viscount. She enlists Smith's help and together they plot their ... Written by
Everyday there are a handful of images that stay with us. We see them by accident or design, create them consciously, or unconsciously, some stay with us for a day or two... most are forgot in minutes, seconds.... and of those images, maybe there's one that sticks out beyond all the others... the most powerful image of your life.
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This is one difficult to categorize indie feature--mystery suspense psycho-sexual goth-tinged noir thriller, world's most consciously pretentious art film epic. Add a few other genres and sub-genres. This will be a stumbling point for some, but a plus for fans of adventurous cinema. I saw this in a screening at the Vancity Theatre, and the film has stuck with me. The sheer weirdness was a bit much at times, but the film was held together by intriguing visuals with an atmospheric score to match. The borderline florid acting worked with the amusingly stylized dialouge. There was also real tension in certain sequences, and an ending that packed a surprising wallop and nicely tied up certain motifs. Definitely not your average indie--Canadian or otherwise. Which is ultimately a plus.
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