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2.5
99 Ratings

C.O.G.

Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez
United States, 2013
Drama, Comedy

Synopsis

In the first ever film adaptation of David Sedaris’ work, a cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path.

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C.O.G. Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez
There is a perilous difference between imagining people talking and interacting on the pages of a Sedaris story and actually seeing them do so without his masterful control of his effects. Alvarez solves that problem by taking the material and making it his own, making it more conflicted and making it much more serious… People who approach it as a film in its own right, with its own rhythms and goals and pleasures, will be amply rewarded.
September 20, 2013
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Writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez (Easier With Practice) blends pointed satire with gallows humor, much like Sedaris himself.
September 20, 2013
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Scored to clapping sounds that accentuate David’s anxious condition, and bolstered by beautiful cinematographic framing that expresses his alienation, the film strikes a fine balance between hilarity and heartbreak. If the intolerance of the devout is a final target of C.O.G., its censure is complicated by portraits of individuals as inherently fallible and flawed, and driven to extreme measures by understandable, if nonetheless screwed-up, need.
September 19, 2013
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