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265 Ratings


Directed by Joel Potrykus
United States, 2012


Trevor is a struggling comedian and a pyromaniac. Not only does his stage act bomb, but he bombs at everyday life, too. All he wants is a break. But instead of getting himself together or channeling his anger, he turns inward, to the loud din of his headphones and the glow of fire to ease his mind.

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Ape Directed by Joel Potrykus

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2012 | Winner: Best Emerging Director (Filmmakers of the Present)

2012 | Special Mention: Best First Feature





What are people saying?

  • dave gunn's rating of the film Ape

    A cold, dry humor hangs over this surreal descent into madness as our antihero treads a thin line between reality and his own fabricated anecdotes. Like a more radical version of the epiphany had in Office Space, he liberates himself through extreme outlets while his hopeless fate follows him around, perhaps in an ape outfit.

  • muse_x's rating of the film Ape

    Oh, man. I needed that! It's like Igby goes down (& he gets back up, swinging); which would make for a good double-feature. Anyway, now I feel bad I've "Fight Club" in my film library, when it's this film that's much better ––in that genre.

  • OcioActivo's rating of the film Ape

    A very fun and awkward character study. Quite distinctive filmmaking vision at play with how the dialogue and characters function. Loved Buzzard a deal more but Ape serves as a great start and cannot wait to see the next animal-film.

  • Marcus Jones's rating of the film Ape

    Impressive indie film with a great director/star combo. It works really well in context with Coyote and Buzzard, the other two films that make up Potrykus' Animal Trilogy.

  • Fabian's rating of the film Ape

    Una gran película con un perdedor de protagonista, tanto que uno se identifica con él. Momentos del dia a día, con crisis existenciales y, por momentos, fuera de lo común. Una gran película con una historia basada en la crisis de su protagonista.

  • Isaac's rating of the film Ape

    A atuação principal é excelente, e acompanhar um perdedor numa história ultrarrealista que progressivamente vai se tornando mais estranha, é interessante. A câmera de mão é abusada e causa cansaço, mas a fotografia eaa iluminação são ótimos. Em resumo é um filme com mais potencial do que realização, mas ainda assim agradável de se assistir (isto se tolerar a dor e desconforto propositais no filme).

  • Dan Kenneth Gigernes's rating of the film Ape

    It gaves face to all those struggling people who wants to be popular and funny, but ends up getting kicked in the nuts or booed. It is better as a drama twhen our lead decide to return the favor by going berserk on others with fire or his baseball bat than when it tries to be "funny". It has a realistic feel but there is no way Trevor would have been let on back on a stage after assaulting an audience member.

  • Octavian Albu's rating of the film Ape

    Was prepared to dismiss this film and think of it as a project that fell apart for its multiple instances of bad acting. The first half of the movie was thoroughly unrewarding and left me with a stale taste in my mouth but it was definitely worth sticking with it as it delivered punchy memorable scenes that became cohesive, ultimately overwriting what I initially thought of it. 3.5/5

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