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Be My Oswald (2006)

 |  Comedy  |  30 November 2007 (USA)
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A militant vegetarian, known as B, recruits a clueless socialite activist, known as A, for a holiday mission that might change the world. They communicate via phone and fax as A completes a... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Rich Bogle ...
Phone Guy
Katha Cato ...
B
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A (as Jeannie Noth)
Mary Huner ...
Jazz
Maggie Maes ...
Caterer
Ben Oliver ...
Zaffi
Tom Pagano ...
Little Tom
Del Pentecost ...
Ugo
Vincent Polizzi ...
The Super
Rebecca Uchill ...
Girl at Counter
Gabriela Van Auken ...
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A militant vegetarian, known as B, recruits a clueless socialite activist, known as A, for a holiday mission that might change the world. They communicate via phone and fax as A completes a precise list of tasks in preparation for their big event. Unannounced, B joins A at the space the evening before the parade and forces A to make her formal commitment to the mission. A bloody robbery involving a neighbor and an impulsive move from A dealing with a catered Thanksgiving breakfast threaten to compromise B's time sensitive plan. As B makes her final preparations and her intent to assassinate Santa Claus becomes clear to A, a life or death struggle ensues as Santa Claus makes his grand entrance, quite possibly for the last time. Written by Don Cato

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A militant vegetarian and her conspiracy to assassinate Santa

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A Must See
19 January 2007 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

First, this movie hits you with an impact somewhere in between, say, Midnight Cowboy and Taxi Driver, for its soothing New York sensitivity and suicidal tendencies. In this respect I'm really talking about the underlying violence and compassion found in many lonely hunters.

BE MY OSWALD, supported by superb acting in every role, manages to create a world full of the most deranged and passionate characters possibly ever to appear on screen. From A, the socialite activist's child-like naivety about the world to B, the militant vegetarian's deranged, yet thoughtful, philosophical bantering, I think the passion lies not only in the character's personalities as they are portrayed but in the way they plea to the movie viewer for mercy. As a struggling writer of some year's experience dealing with all sorts of rejection I was particularly drawn to this aspect of the film.

Thus, and it's fair to point a finger, this movie is definitely driven by a filmmaker's passion for character study and social issue concern. Instead of a story written and filmed to primarily indulge, as is too frequently the case in films today, the undeniably strong, clever, and unpredictable film-making in BE MY OSWALD lies in the interweaving use of both film and video. Serving, I believe, as vehicles to get you involved or distanced from the characters; as though in one minute it's quite comfortable to share an intimate cup of coffee with your character and the next peeping at him or her from a distance.

Finally, and I can't help to say, this film reminds me of Pulp Fiction. As in that film it's sometimes hard to place in a single genre - drama, crime, dark humor. And while Pulp Fiction is no doubt clearly much more violent, like the classic BE MY OSWALD is not without a distinctive theme of misplaced innocence.

In conclusion, do yourself a favor and watch this film, it is easy to see why. Fundamentally, it's important as much as it is entertaining. It is a must see for anyone who considers themselves a movie-goer and can handle intense social subject matter.


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