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About an apathetic nurse who moonlights as a dominatrix, her aspiring model roommate, and the sad, strange world they live in.

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Zach Clark

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Cast

Credited cast:
Melodie Sisk ... Lorraine Schultz
Maggie Ross ... Adrian
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hannah Bennett Hannah Bennett ... Alaina
David Berkenbilt David Berkenbilt ... Mr. Schultz
Monte Brown Monte Brown ... Sex Shop Clerk
Carlos Bustamante Carlos Bustamante ... Mitch
Diana Cherkas ... Emily
Ray Converse ... Gary
Joel Esslinger Joel Esslinger ... Fifi
Leo Goodman ... Charlie
Matt Hartman ... Ben
Rebecca A. Herron Rebecca A. Herron ... Dolores
Christina Holleran Christina Holleran ... Sharon
Lydia Hyslop Lydia Hyslop ... Shirley
Lenny Levy ... That's Soft Customer
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About an apathetic nurse who moonlights as a dominatrix, her aspiring model roommate, and the sad, strange world they live in.

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20 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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An obscure and unknown indie gem that is a must see for fans of observational dead pan
11 December 2016 | by kfctwixSee all my reviews

What can I say, this is one of my all time favorite films. I struggle to think of another film that is even remotely similar to this in terms of tone, humor, and design choices.

It has a completely fresh and remarkable style, in terms of it's visuals, direction, plot, and editing. It is hard to pin point what exactly it is. Not really a drama. Feels weird to call it a comedy. But it doesn't matter what you call it, because this is truly brilliant.

The film feels very observational in nature, with a hard to discern plot that centers more on the emotional developments of it's two leads more than anything else. It gave me the feeling that I was listlessly drifting through a surreal world, almost like I was directly viewing the film through the eyes of it's own protagonist.

The humor is so on point here. So dry, with the strangest comedic timing and abrupt editing that at times will amuse you just for the lone fact of how strange it is. Scenes start quickly, and almost end just as soon, with many strange moments to be found, and many scenes consisting of characters trying to interact with the ever apathetic, silent, and uncaring Lorraine, with non-existent yet hilarious results. Adding to the humor is the strange death metal soundtrack, alerting us to the end of most scenes and serving as an anti-laugh track of sorts. I absolutely loved the contrast of the mostly quiet and sometimes plain silent film and the loud raucous growls and heavy guitars of the soundtrack.

Humor and ridiculous BDSM oriented plot aside, this film does paint some really beautiful and tragic characters. For as much as Lorraine seems to sleepwalk through her existence, thanks to Melodie Sisk's absolutely stunning portrayal we get to see that she is in fact alive, and desperately in need to connect to the world and to feel, as we can see in her deliciously indifferent and strained attempts to connect herself to other people. And then there's the lovable yet annoying and homely Adrian, who dreams of being a model and has an almost indestructible sense of hope that she will become famous, despite her only job credit being a mere prop of morally ambiguous seduction to entice men to purchase mattresses. It is all darkly humorous, yet so touching on many levels.

I cannot reiterate enough how amazing Melodie Sisk is in here. She delivers a truly nuanced performance for a very difficult character. It's all too easy for a portrayal of indifference and disconnection to come off as one dimensional boredom. And yet she nails it.

It's been very hard for me to articulate what this film is about and what I liked about it even, as it is just so out of this world. Just know that if you love strange and unconventionally funny films in the slightest, you have to see it. As long as you are prepared for a very strange and at times disconcerting ride, I'm sure you will not be disappointed.


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