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Candiland (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 7 February 2017 (USA)
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Peter, a failed tennis star, is struggling to rebuild his life after a car accident forces the end of his career. Angry at the world's consumerist values and his controlling father, Arnie, ... See full summary »

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... Peter / The King
... Tess / The Queen
... Arnie / God
... Leesha (as Lori Ann Triolo)
... Don
... Doctor / Charles
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J.B. Bivens ... Delivery Man
... Officer Bauer
Claire Garner ... Peek-a-berry Blue Girl
Brett Gilmour ... Announcer 2
... Officer Sampson
... Telemarketer
... Detective Anderson
... Tess' Daughter (as Allison Farrance)
... Shop Girl
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Peter, a failed tennis star, is struggling to rebuild his life after a car accident forces the end of his career. Angry at the world's consumerist values and his controlling father, Arnie, whom he blames for being absent during his mother's dying days, Peter is desperately searching for a moment's peace. In an attempt at normality, he heads to a bar for a night out, where he encounters recently divorced and grieving Tess, abandoned and lonely. Finding solace in each other's brokenness, they withdraw to Peter's apartment and begin a sensual love affair. Days of bliss pass by, and when Tess reluctantly tries to leave to deal with the aftermath of her divorce, Peter proposes an idea: isolate themselves in his apartment to create their own reality - CANDiLAND. Now cut off from the world, the tormented lovers embark on a dogmatic quest for a higher existence. But their possessive love descends into a surreal savagery as Arnie attempts to reconnect with his son and put an end to CANDiLAND. Written by Motorcycle Boy Productions

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To fully commit to the character of Peter, James Clayton dropped 55 pounds, from his normal weight of 185 pounds, during the course of filming. See more »

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Psychological Thriller Exploring the Realty of Mental Illness
23 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

I recently had the opportunity to screen this indie film based on the book by Elizabeth Engstrom and produced by Motorcycle Boy Productions. Additionally, I interviewed the two leads, James Clayton and Chelah Horsdal, and I knew that in screening this film, I would be stepping further outside my comfort zone than I ever had before. And that is entirely correct. I am not a fan of psychological thrillers as a rule–except Hitchcock, if you can call some of his films that–but I was determined to go in with the mindset of a reviewer. I do want to warn you that if you are offended by gratuitous sex (no nudity, thankfully) or superfluous profanity, you may wish to skip this film. On one level, I could have done without either of those. However, I set aside all that for the purposes of the review, and the remainder of this review will be spent on the content and acting from an artistic standpoint.

For the entire review, please go to the link on my website: http://mydevotionalthoughts.net/2017/02/candiland-film-review.html


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