Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 28th, 2011
Release Date: USA, 2011
Approximate running time: 69 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Director: Douglas Reese
Writers: Douglas Reese, Jeremiah Hall, Denelle Kjellman
Cinematographer; Douglas Reese
Cast: Jeremiah Hall, Denelle Kjellman
Synopsis: A drug fueled relationship turns into a private hell for two teenage lovers.
While most independently made feature films strive to accessible, in hope of gaining the widest possible audience. Every now and then comes along a film that is determined to challenge it’s audience and at times frustrate perspective viewers.
This brings us to Cleaners, a free form narrative about two drug addicted lovers, who spend the majority of their time cleaning their apartment. In fact all of this film’s dialog was improvised by its two lead performers. There is a naturalness to the way in which the characters are portrayed, that has a documentary vibe to it, making it feel like you are intruding on their world. And while some viewers will be turned off by the repetitiveness to the events which unfold in this film. There is actually a lot more going on below the surface, than what is easily apparent.
From a production standpoint this film often lacks polish and while some of this is reportedly intentional. It is no secret that this film was made on a very limited budget and some of its short comings aesthetically are come right back to this productions anemic resources. Without a doubt this production most glaring flaw is its soundtrack, which often sounds distorted and dialog can be hard to make out. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this production are the performances of its two leads, who give utterly convincing portrayals that quickly draw you into downward spiral of depravity.
You can check out Cleaners here.