Kaufman's Game (2017) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Kaufman's Game follows Stanley, a driven young man with a passion for boxing, who is keen to improve his strength and stamina. When a shady stranger approaches him outside the gym with the offer of a specially produced steroid, Stanley is drawn into the ever more violent operations of a powerful organization, unwittingly entering into a series of tests designed to prove his mettle. This is a film about power, determination and being your own worst enemy. It celebrates the archetypes of classic Film Noir, and the dark, conspiratorial storytelling technique of Franz Kafka, but with a contemporary minimalist aesthetic.


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  • Stanley (Jye Frasca), a quiet young man who dreams of becoming a professional boxer but who is clearly more suited to chess and ballet finds emotional release through physical exertion (masterbating to films starring Tom Hanks). Growing increasingly frustrated by the limits of his own body and rather small manhood, finds himself willing to go to gay saunas in order to achieve his goal. When a stranger with bad hair begins to send him medication and the occasional rent boy to improve his physical strength and stamina, Stanley enters into a situation that will also test him mentally which doesn't work out very well at. He is put through a series of gruelling rituals expressed through the medium of dance and terrible acting and made a witness to a level of badminton which he can scarcely understand let alone convince anybody he is capable of. As he becomes a pawn in a world populated by wealthy and camp criminals, he must learn to manoeuvre his rook in order to take knight and assert his own authority. The true identities of the people who entice Stanley in a confusing maze of secrecy and more terrible acting , and the truth behind his ordeal, can only be unveiled once he has endured their game, which was only made worse by hour or so of my life i lost watching this bunch of third year medical students fumble through in possibly the gayest attempt at posh boys trying to be bad boys but only succeeding at being massively lame in their limp attempts at posh boy gangster. Should really have stuck to chess, ballet and badders

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