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The Guatemalan Handshake (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | January 2006 (USA)
A mysterious power failure in a small mountain town coincides with the disappearance of one of its most eccentric young residents. Mystery piles upon mystery as his family and friends ... See full summary »

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Todd Rohal

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katy Haywood Katy Haywood ... Turkeylegs
Ken Byrnes Ken Byrnes ... Mr. Turnupseed
Will Oldham ... Donald Turnupseed
Sheila Scullin Sheila Scullin ... Sadie
Rich Schreiber Rich Schreiber ... Stool
Kathleen Kennedy Kathleen Kennedy ... Ethel Firecracker
Cory McAbee Cory McAbee ... Spank Williams
Ivan Dimitrov Ivan Dimitrov ... Ivan
Andy Nadler Andy Nadler ... Barnard
Jim Ligons Jim Ligons ... Curtis
VaLonda Harris VaLonda Harris ... Delabia
Sam Myers Sam Myers ... Lunchmeat
Andy Sheffer Andy Sheffer ... Neckface
T.J. Bream T.J. Bream ... Leonard
Christopher Morse Christopher Morse ... Insurance Man
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A mysterious power failure in a small mountain town coincides with the disappearance of one of its most eccentric young residents. Mystery piles upon mystery as his family and friends search for him, fail, and ultimately try to forget about him, an undertaking that results in many unexpected, and in some cases bizarre, effects on the town's already peculiar community. Written by Anonymous

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A feast for the senses... a challenge for the brain.

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January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guatemalai kézfogás See more »

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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One of the best films of the year
13 May 2006 | by mjpwyattSee all my reviews

Underneath the initial exterior---humor and absurdity that is, The Guatemalan Handshake is a true movie with such depth in themes, characters, and perspectives that it will make you laugh and scathe you at the same time.

Throughout T.G.H, the narrative scenes are presented to us objectively, and while there's great humor, the kind where we as an audience choose to laugh because of our own judgment, that same stylistic approach that's present throughout the whole movie progressively has an entirely different effect where we see for the first time, not through our own eyes, but through Ronald's. The ending at the same time resolves nothing, and everything, or to be more accurate, shows us that there was never anything to be resolved in the first place.

This movie is one of my favorite movies released this year, and a movie for its genre, one that's unmatched in complexity, dialogue, and in character development. There is so much in this movie that's revealed to the audience on several different levels that while very entertaining, requires the viewer's patience as we are there only to watch, and only until the attend do we really understand and in turn think back in nostalgia.

This movie, is a must see.


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