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Crazy Hands (2009)

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The story of a man who wakes to discover that his hands have a life of their own.

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Zara Ramm ...
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Ruth Ewert ...
Woman in corner
Pat Hodges ...
Man Slumped on Chair
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A man walks up one day to find that he has suddenly got limited control or coordination of his hands. His attempts at social interaction on the phone are very difficult, an interaction with a member of the opposite sex is a disaster and even things like drinking alcohol in the pub with older men seems to be something filled with frustration for him even though it is natural and easy for others. Written by bob the moo

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The meaning is not as clear nor profound as it thinks, but the physical work from Schneider is good (thematic SPOILERS)
28 April 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A man walks up one day to find that he has suddenly got limited control or coordination of his hands. His attempts at social interaction on the phone are very difficult, an interaction with a member of the opposite sex is a disaster and even things like drinking alcohol in the pub with older men seems to be something filled with frustration for him even though it is natural and easy for others.

There is a message within Crazy Hands about the stage of puberty (I think); a time where your body seems to become totally awkward and uncoordinated almost as if it has become something unrelated to your brain, making even simple interactions seem odd and unnatural. This is the case in this film and although it plays out in the adult world, it seems to speak of this period of life. As such the film is not as subtle as one would expect, since the interaction with the woman is obvious and a lot of the other scenes likewise. The message at the end is a positive one (about ultimately this feeling doesn't continue forever and something you hate now may be a gift or a blessing) but again a little less clever and profound than the structure of the film suggests.

This is perhaps a bit overly critical on the subtext though, because there is less pressure on this level because the physical work from David Schneider carries a lot of the film. Although it is over the top, he convinces as someone out of touch with his hands who is frustrated and yet unable to articulate what he is annoyed about. His joy at the end is also really convincing and it is a good performance from him. Others are in support but the short film is all about his physical performance. The amusement and engagement factor of this makes it work better because the subtext can be in the background more, with less pressure on it, making it work better.


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