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quietearth [Film Festival 01.11.10] movie trailer news drama

Playing in the Bright Future section at IFFR is the debut feature which is written, directed, produced, composed, and starred in by music phenom Omar Rodriguez Lopez (know for The Mars Volta) and I have to say it looks utterly fascinating. Seriously folks, check out the trailer.

The Sentimental Engine Slayer tells the compelling, confounding tale of the overdue coming of age of a twenty-something misfit named Barlam. Barlam's awkward transition from boy to man is as much the story of struggling to find one's essence in a world of stereotypes as it is an indictment of the distorted reality of family life in the disengaged 21st century. A bottom-rung grocery bagger whose neo-incestuous relationship with his addict sister, Natalia, causes him no small amount of grief and disillusionment, Barlam seeks solace in the convoluted wisdom of what few male peers are available, namely his androgynous, alcoholic boss, Oscar, and the sister's simple-minded boyfriend, Zack. Seeking an explanation as to the strange circumstances of his apparent lack of family structure, as well as the respect from others fundamentally absent in his mundane model-building existence, Barlam is soon led astray amid a seedy underworld of prostitutes, hustlers and addicts. The labyrinthine plot soon begs questioning as to where reality ends and fantasy begins, Barlam shifting effortlessly between hapless punching bag, assertive surrogate father figure, and rage-prone psychopath.

Trippy trailer after the break.

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Marina (12 years ago) Reply

Good god. I think I'm a little bit blind after seeing that. The trailer is just as twisted as the synopsis sounds.

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