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Darkroom (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 2008 (USA)
Darkroom is a psychological drama that illustrates the events of a man, David Mills, and his wife, Coy, who develop film for the Salt Lake Police Department. The horrifying crime scene ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Sila Agavale ...
Manu Siva
John Bell ...
Officer
John Bell ...
Officer
John Bills ...
Bus Boy in Boots
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Charles the Barkeep
Colby Bryson ...
Silent Husband
Cindy Creekmore ...
Tidy Up Host
Darren Dalton ...
Baron Bradley
Adrienne Hartvigsen ...
Gwen Stevens
Anita Holland ...
Freakin' Girl
Margaret King ...
Silent Wife & Radio Bus Rider
Andrea Lockhart ...
Coy Mills
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Slug Magazine Photographer (as Amanda Messenger)
Lindy Nielsen ...
Karaoke Girl #1
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Detective
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Darkroom is a psychological drama that illustrates the events of a man, David Mills, and his wife, Coy, who develop film for the Salt Lake Police Department. The horrifying crime scene photos weigh heavily on their morale and cause a constant state of melancholy in their lives. While Coy suffers from the complications of getting pregnant, David experiences a dangerous disconnect from reality. Afflicted with distinguishing what is real and what is fantasy, David is stranded in his own mind. "What is real?" David's subdued generic life with Coy or the stimulating relationships that he fantasizes having with the victims in the photographs. The constant cloud over their lives causes a distancing in their relationship and is the direct result of the events that transpire. Written by Iosua Tai Taeoalii

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Why won't they close their eyes?

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Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated
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$75,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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INTERESTING AND REWARDING-Alternative To The Ubiquitous Shallow-Plot, Effects And Star Driven Films Of Hollywood
5 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film is so strong, interesting and visually mesmerizing in so many ways that I am willing to forgive the flaws. It would be a shame to skip seeing this because of this imbalance. David H. Stevens, Andrea Lockhart, Sila Agavale put in strong performances. The script is stilted at times, but given the nonlinear/ vignette format/ unreliable narrator components make the interesting character development all the amazing.

This film is a VISUAL FEAST. Cinematography is unique, interesting and is worth watching the film on its own merit. The sets are sparse, but are almost another 'personality' in the film.

I think if the viewer goes in with an open mind and just let the movie 'take them for a ride' and don't let themselves get distracted trying to define and pigeonhole what they are watching it is a great experience. It becomes the kind of movie you want to keep going back to because it is multi-layered and one discovers that the characters are realistic.

David is not crazy schizoid but a regular guy dealing with life in a NOT SO UNCOMMON way if you think about it--to say more than that would be a 'spoiler' People are complex and writer/director, Joshua Tai Taeoalii, takes this and tries to creatively capture the essence of a what lies beneath the often banal surface of our very human existence.


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