Stranded at a remote military post in the woods while his husband carries out a mission in Djibouti, Roger seeks comfort and companionship from the army wives in the leisurely yet sexually frustrated community, while trying to keep a lid on his volatile adopted daughter, Roxy.
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Partly the game about sexual frustration in isolated cottage, partly marriage-for-18-years gay couple in rough patch, partly father's struggle with his daughter like Lea Seydoux. But.......BUT I'VE NEVER SEEN A MOVIE LIKE THIS. Variously controlled editing which surprises me suddenly & delightly, weirdly strange storytelling that meanders and disgresses. This is brand-new melodrama, brand-new MOVIE. WTF is this?????
"Indie" cinema # 3: tales of the unexpected. From a trivial base and model situations, Crotty combines a farce written in minimal and abstract-concrete tone, making stumble expectations of the viewer on a continuous calm derision and nothing demonstrative. The frames are another focus of accentuation of the joy of playing - of a playful representation - that is practiced here, performing a slick involvement.
More a feeling than a full-bore film, Fort Buchanan lulled me with its driftless, unmoored ambience and the undercurrent of deep sensuality, both straight and gay. The feeling of existing in this waiting room of the pensive spirit must come to an end later in teh film, as it becomes a bit more grounded and less ethereal. A great festival film.
Had this been 90 or 120 minutes long I don't believe I could have stuck with it. A bit of a slog even at 65 and some change and yet...so many beautiful shots and scenes. A unique take on gender, race, sexuality and relationships. A future world where LGBT is fully integrated into society. In the end, well worth the effort.
I liked the weirdness here but this lacked spark for me. The best, most daring bit is one soldier's PTSD-esque flashback that compares army experience favorably with everyday life. I think this would have been best if it held that silly-absurdist tone throughout.