William Day Frank, John B. Frank, Douglas Britton (executive), Jarod Einsohn (executive) for High Window Films, Buffalo 8 Productions
directed by Patrick Cunningham
starring Monique Gabriela Curnen, Kathy Baker, Luke Ganalon, Jon Jon Briones, Keram Malicki-Sánchez, Maree Cheatham, Jasper Cole, Cici Lau, Victoria Cruz, Jill Jordan, Sunny Vachher
written by Patrick Cunningham, William Day Frank, music by Shayfer James, special makeup effects by George Frangadakis
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Camila (Monique Gabriela Curnen) is a single mum low on cash who still
wants to offer her son Jaime (Luke Ganalon) the best life she can, so she
accepts an offer from realtor Brenda (Kathy Baker) to make up a rather
luxurious house in a deserted neighbourhood for showings, in exchange for
lodgings in same house for several months. Soon though, it becomes clear
that Camila's problems run deeper than just making her ends meet, and its
not just her occasional shoplifting or forging cheques, her addiction to
all sorts of medication, her obsession with crafting, and the fact her
paperwork isn't in order - eventually she also steals a car, makes a bum
(Jasper Cole) trying to sifon off her gasoline her captive and "transforms"
him into a perfect husband, then tries "plastic surgery" on
herself using a hammer, and it becomes more and more obvious that she
lives in her own catalogue-perfect world and now tries to remodel the real
world after it on a large scale - and that's all before things start to
get lethal ...
A most unusual movie for sure, this one takes a
deliberately slowburn approach to things and always makes sure the
audience isn't fed an ounce of information too much, so the real scale of
Camila's (and in the process the film's) insanity is only revealed very
gradually, turning the film from a more earth-bound social drama into
pretty much a madhouse by the by. This all is thanks to a script that
refuses to follow any formula, at times ignores structure for maximum
effect, and refuses any obvious reveals, and a directorial effort that
finds the grotesque in the mundane and the mundane in the grotesque really
helps here. And of course, a solid key cast doesn't hurt one bit, either.
unique, but if the slightly absurd's your thing, than this is really worth