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Jack McKenzie is a professional movie composer, who's just finished working on the soundtrack for a big budget Hollywood Sci-Fi movie called The Land of the Astronauts. Unfortunately, the movie turns out to be a major box office bomb, and Jack's out of work again. To make ends meet, he gets a job as a limo driver and quickly bonds with his famous client Thomas Bower - a popular Australian actor working in L.A. who happens to be a fan of his work. He also meets wild Hollywood party girl Erica at an AA meeting he attends and falls for her. In time, the deceptive nature of those around him, the constant pressure he feels from his ex-wife and her hostile boyfriend who also happens to be his ex lawyer, and his own unbearable feeling of guilt over the accidental death of his youngest daughter push Jack to the verge of insanity. As a consequence, he starts seeing the real world around him as a waking dream.
It's pretty rare you see an artistically made American film these days. Colpaert delivered on this one. I was fortunate enough to catch this at the Montreal film festival, along with several other great films.
To be straight forward, this film isn't for everyone. It observes process over form, and the result is a surrealistic trip, layered with dream sequences. The person expecting an average Hollywood turn might be a confused or dislike the story.
David Arquette shows a new side in this turn. He suffers deeply as Jack, the main character, and turns out a wonderful performance. Big thumbs up, this a truly great performance by him. I hope we get to see more of this from him in the future.
Bijou Phillips has really come into her own. She's matured as an actress and the character she plays is almost a reflection of past characters - a young lady, growing up, struggling with the issues she's created for herself. She handles the role with great ease.
Overall, there were several great performances and moments in this film. Carl Colpaert showed immense talent in handling of the material. It definitely has a European flair to it. Rare, and enjoyable.
There are moments where the film feels like it's lost it's way or that the actors slightly balk during their performances. Regardless it's a refreshing movie that will reward the viewer who appreciates the artistic side of film making.
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