Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 20th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2013
Production Company: Bloodshot Pictures
Approximate running time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Letterboxed Widescreen
Director: Ramzi Abed
Writer: Ramzi Abed
Cinematographer: Ramzi Abed
Music by: The Bystanders, We Are Ghosts
Cast: Elissa Dowling, Icky the Cat, Eric Fleming, Kara Michelle Hyatt, Greg Chandler Maness, Tamarah Murley, Don Purnell, Julie Rose, Tirza Wohl, Tony T.L. Young
Synopsis: An aspiring actress named Rachel Plasky learns that she has just been hired as the lead for a television series on the same day that her boyfriend leaves her.
And though the plot for this film is as basic as they come. The execution of said plot is anything remotely routine. After an opening moment to introduce this film’s protagonist the film then shifts to her apartment the majority of the rest of the film.
There is a voyeuristic vibe to this films visuals as the camera always feels dangerously close to the protagonist. This stalking of the protagonist visual style is also in line with this film’s main message about society’s obsession with capturing every moment of ones lives. To drive how this film’s voyeuristic vibe the bulk of the film takes place in one continuous shot that lasts for around eighty minutes.
With that being said, though visuals do play a big part in the story at hand. This film is first and foremost a character driven piece that is anchored by a phenomenal performance from its leading lady Elissa Dowling in the role of Rachel Plasky. There is a rawness to her performance that makes her disappear utterly tangible. And her transformation from the opening moments on through the jaw dropping finale is an experience that will forever ingrain itself in your memory.
If ever there was a filmmaker that marched to the beat of a different drummer, that filmmaker would be Ramzi Abed (The Devil’s Muse, In a Spiral State). Not one to rest on his laurels with each film he manages to create something that is unlike anything that he has ever done before and could only have come from his imagination.
Note: This film is scheduled for wide release from Cinema Epoch on September 23rd, 2014 or you can also pick up this title a month earlier on August 26th, 2014 on Amazon.com.