Vision boards and Chernobyl mentioned in the first 10 minutes? I dig it! Ross Perry is a king when it comes to cringe comedy, although it disturbed me that MUBI labeled romance on this considering well.... Even though these 2 people were deeply scummy, the Spanking the Monkey thing was unpredictable to me, and very much topped the meeting with the proffessor as the most unpleasant thing in the film.
At least it's funny. Witty dialogue and naturalistic performances from its two leads smooth over amateur acting from some of the supporting cast of stereotypical small town jerks (esp. during the overlong party scene). The script also tries too hard to be provocative towards its end. Perry's direction is assured, though, and the jokes are biting without being overly annoying - this is closer to Altman than 'Clerks'.
Siblings annoy each other and me but in the end their love for each other also include my own affection for the material in the film as it reaches it's natural resolution. The party scene is patethic to behold, but there is also some great funny moments to grasp.
Still not sure what to make of this picture. The situations that the two characters find themselves in were just too ridiculous for me to take them seriously, but I stuck with the picture because the dynamic between them seemed solid, and then their story jumped the shark and I was left with nothing. Kind of poignant, even if the story, and the characters, and the situations were incomprehensible an unrealistic.
PC.There will be few things that annoys me more than the mumblecore and, in that, Ross Perry, with his natural naturalness and confused posture and his unbearable out of tune voice, seeking for tones of emotion. Nothing pisses me off more, in cinema, than a shapeless movie that seeks the climactic buzzword that could interrupt its christian's white petit-bourgeois fruition, like incest's tenuous ghost.
Not at all uninteresting indie shot in grainy 16mm. Unseflconscious about its flaws (the dialogue about sex does not always work) , it's also unpretentiously confident about its strengths: naturalistic acting, some doses of cynical humor, a great Carlen Altman whose physical presence and piercing gaze dominates the screen. A great finale too turning a taboo on its head by subsuming it under human drives and fantasy.