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*** SOME SPOILERS *** Shown at the 2006 Seattle International Film Festival. Believe it or not, this film borrowed a bit from David Lynch's "Lost Highway". Our hero, looks a bit like George Clooney. Or maybe more like Mad TV's Michael McDonald. He's a bit of a schlub. A bit of a cad. He juggles his lady-friends, and he cheats at his job, which involves measuring neutron events at a prominent physics laboratory inside a mountain. About halfway through the film, after being caught falsifying the results, he goes driving. Here's where the "Lost Highway" bit comes in. The montage here is very much out of LH, involving fast backward pans, silently screaming loved ones, superimposed on images of driving at night, and eventually a road accident where his car overturns. Even after this highly stylized montage, we're still very much in LH territory, as our hero has gone through a traumatic "black hole" and emerged anonymously in a different world, hiding and living a simpler life with the desperate guest-worker from Albania who herds sheep on the same mountain who nurses him back to health. I enjoyed many arty moments in this slow film, which resembled at times a music video by the French band "Air". I found the ending a bit of a let-down, but not in a surprising way, really.
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