Daily Archives: May 3, 2012

Silver Tongues by Simon Arthur (2011)

Simon – writer/director for this feature debut plays with the audience from the very start.

The last joke is on us. Until the last scene.

It is a very consciously built story in contra to the American Indie tales of 20-somethings and their emotional issues.

The two main protagonists play with other personae in the drama, but they also play with the audience. In the end, it is hard to tell what is real and what is acted.

Lee Tergesen is that actor of the supporting roles for the last twenty years in American TV. And here he takes the lead. Hypnotising the partners in the story as well as the audience.

A very interesting and powerful experiment in contemporary cinema. Made with skill and consciousness of the form limitations but also the power a film director has in his hands when he decides to present his project to the cinema audience. Simon Arthur is the one to watch out for.

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Sawdust City by David Nordstrom (2011)

One of the American Indie films when the director is at the same time a writer and the leading man.

The film tells a story of two brothers who in frosty and snowy Wisconsin take up on a challenge to find their drunkard father.

One of the brothers wears a sailor’s uniform and it is Thanksgiving. The other married the ex-girlfriend of the soldier. They both go awol on the dinner made by her and spend the night walking into all bars and gin-joints in the whole town.

The conversations they lead, the people they meet allow the audience to learn a lot about their background, history, past, a bit about their present. Not much into their future as that remains blurry for both.

Despite all appearances it is a road movie, although walked. Recommend!

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