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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Big fan of Zukovic's "THE LAST BIG THING", which I initially saw during the peak of the 90's Indie era. I just bought "DARK ARC" on Amazon, and it's the kind of indie they really aren't making anymore, with a thought-provoking concept and a real strange tone that starts off darkly comic and turns to pitch black tragedy by the end.
It's densely wordy and slow at times, but this will appeal to some who want something different than the low key naturalism which seems to be the de facto style in most indie's today. The pace is uniform though, and the visual schema holds constant delights. And the actors are all on board with the style, with particular mention going to a mesmerizing actress with the very apropos name of "Sarah Strange".
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