The film is about reincarnation and takes place in a purgatory where the dead still have human form and the world around them looks the same as the living world. However, the people living ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

New teacher Chihiro has been on the job for three months. She does her job with great enthusiasm, but she has a secret that nobody must know. As a student, she accumulated debt in order to ... See full summary »

Director: Tadashi Kyouya
Stars: Megu Fujiura, Myu, Takahiro Nomura
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

1940: the entire population of Friar, New Hampshire walked up a winding mountain trail, leaving everything behind. 2008: the first official expedition into the wilderness attempts to solve the mystery of the lost citizens of Friar.

Directors: Jesse Holland, Andy Mitton
Stars: Cassidy Freeman, Anessa Ramsey, Clark Freeman
Love I (2011)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

After losing contact with Earth, Astronaut Lee Miller becomes stranded in orbit alone aboard the International Space Station. As time passes and life support systems dwindle, Lee battles to... See full summary »

Director: William Eubank
Stars: Gunner Wright, Corey Richardson, Bradley Horne
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A documentary about conspiracy theories takes a horrific turn after the filmmakers uncover an ancient and dangerous secret society.

Director: Christopher MacBride
Stars: Aaron Poole, James Gilbert, Ian Anderson
Absentia (2011)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A woman and her sister begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances, including that of her own husband.

Director: Mike Flanagan
Stars: Catherine Parker, Courtney Bell, Dave Levine
Rabbits (2002)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In a nameless city deluged by continuous rain, three rabbits live with a fearful mystery.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Scott Coffey, Rebekah Del Rio, Laura Harring
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Six of the world's scariest psychopaths escape from a local Asylum and proceed to unleash terror on the unsuspecting crowd of a Halloween Funhouse whose themed mazes are inspired by their various reigns of terror.

Director: Andy Palmer
Stars: Robert Englund, Jere Burns, Scottie Thompson
Good Kids I (2016)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Four high school students look to redefine themselves after graduation.

Director: Chris McCoy
Stars: Zoey Deutch, Ashley Judd, Julia Garner
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Victor Abasolo ...
Doctor
Cristo Andonares ...
Miguel
Marco Antonio ...
Kidnapper #1
Nerma Betamin ...
Female Clothing Merchant
Leticia Casdaneda ...
Rosa Maria
Francisco Castaneda ...
Man Under Stairs
Maria Cavenecia ...
Female Clothing Merchant (voice)
Christo ...
Miguel
Lina del Roble ...
Snake Show Narrator
...
Ana
Octavio Garcia ...
Raul
Luis Alberto García ...
Dead Person #1
Katherine Hammontre ...
Fly #4
Raul Hernandez ...
Fly #2
Sherman Koltz ...
Gene
Edit

Storyline

The film is about reincarnation and takes place in a purgatory where the dead still have human form and the world around them looks the same as the living world. However, the people living in this purgatory start to develop animal instincts. Gene, a retiree vacationing in Baja, is learning the instincts of a spider through his dreams and stumbles upon a woman who is destined to be reborn as a caterpillar/moth. The film explores a world where human and animal intertwine as one. Written by Ryan Harper

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When animal instincts crawl to the surface See more »


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

2008 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Taste of Something Special From Beyond the Border
2 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mexico is not just a foreign country for many Americans, but a foreign concept entirely. The language, the culture and the people are so distant, so strange for many of us. And in "Circulation" they become all that much more strange. We enter amidst two lives intersecting: Gene (Sherman Koltz), an American heading south and Ana (Yvonne Delarosa), a Mexican woman looking to find her boyfriend and escape her abusive ex-husband. Their journey becomes something spiritual, something transcendent.

Let me offer a disclaimer on my rating for this film: Generally when I review independent films, I grade them a little bit higher than other people do, because I want to give the creators credit for going to great lengths on a limited budget. So an above average rating on an independent film may not indicate it being as good as an above average mainstream film. That being said, I graded "Circulation" on the mainstream scale. To grade it on the independent scale would mean a perfect score, because there's basically nothing more that could have been added to this film.

The colors and scenery are wonderful and the setting of Mexico is a nice change of pace. The characters are interesting (particularly Gene), the actors quite professional and the music blends in as smoothly as rum and Coke. I have to give particular credit to the cinematographer or director of photography. So many shots were lined up crisply and imaginatively. Watch your standard independent film and count the unique angles and cuts. You'll find a small handful. Here, the angles keep shifting (but not to the point of being erratic) and we're given a panoramic view into an isolated world, if that contradiction makes sense.

The creator of this film, Ryan Harper, knows what he's doing. The plot's pace is smooth... we aren't left dangling long enough to grow bored, but we're not rushed either. And there's a fair level of intelligence to the script that I don't see in this line of work (no disrespect to horror writers, but "teen gets stabbed" is hardly original). A puzzle is being solved and we're given pieces along the way, starting with the opening line. You might get it right away, you might get it halfway through or, if you're like many of the reviewers for this film, it might be your second viewing (and you'll want to see this one at least twice anyway).

I was in the "halfway" camp. I understood the big plot point (I don't want to give anything away, though) but many questions went unanswered until nearly the end: why are people vomiting? What's with the rope? When it clicked, I realized the biggest clue had been at the start of the film before I knew I was looking for clues. Well played, Mr. Harper... keeping me on my toes.

Expect this film to get plenty of rave reviews on the film festival circuit. If we're very lucky, this is the sort of film I'd love to see show up at "After Dark Horrorfest". Too "underground" to get a lot of theater coverage, I can still see this hitting theaters through "After Dark"... and while this is a bit different from their prior selections (no vampires or zombies here) I think the audience would really appreciate what is being offered. I think it goes without saying, but I'm recommending "Circulation". So rarely do we see beautiful, original and well-produced work in the "horror" genre (although this could also be fantasy or drama)... thanks for the breath of fresh air.


19 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
3.5? dalmdad
Discuss Circulation (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?