- X 2019
Igor Darbo, Dana Ziyasheva for Popcorn Friends
directed by Dana Ziyasheva
starring Arman Darbo, Chloe Ray Warmoth, Nick Moran, Jackie Loeb, Eric Roberts, Bill Oberst jr, Donzell Lewis, Storm Wilbur, Nhya Cedon, Ellen Clifford, Ryan Simantel, Spencer Paez, Zach Guerrero, Reginald James, Tzef Montana, Ian M. White, Camille Curtis, Scott Lacroix, Adrian Boniard, Saro Daghlian, Miluette Nalin, Santana Ramires, Mac Roberts, Danielle Kaufman, Cory Storey
written by Dana Ziyasheva, music by Matthew Chilelli, special effects by Dominic V. Ruiz
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Ulysses (Arman Darbo) is a teenaged boy living in Greatland, a land
that is based on pure love ... but only theoretically, as it's a world
where humans are supposed to marry plants and get their babies - pets -
delivered to their doorstep. And boys like Ulysses have no real family,
and the only thing they call parent is their wristwatch with a female
voice, Mother, giving them guidance - but guidance is more about following
the letter of the law than motherly love. Sexual relationships are a big
no-no in Greatland, but on their 15th birthday, all boys have to donate
sperm to the almighty "Mother". Now Ulysses has two friends,
Mister Lee, who has been rendered mute and invisible because he had sexual
intercourse, and his daughter resulting from that indiscretion, Ugly Duck
(Chloe Ray Warmoth). But this friendship has never bode well with Mother,
so after Ulysses has turned 15, Mister Lee is shot dead under some
pretense, and Ugly Duck is sent to Penitentiary Island - which turns out
to be a lavish mansion run by a ruthless pedophile (Eric Roberts).
Mister Lee and Ugly Duck gone, Ulysses smashes his wristwatch in anger and
decides to run away and try to save Ugly Duck - and on the seashore he
meets his (actual) father, the Clerk (Nick Moran), who's probably the only
one who can help him on his mission as he's one of those responsible for
Greatland as it is ...
Horror fave Bill Oberst jr plays one of the
secret runners of Greatland in a very weird scene.
sure is a one-of-a-kind movie, as it's on one hand a pretty bizarre farce
with plenty of crossdressers and weird humour, but on the other it can
also be read as a biting satire, which might be a bit hit-or-miss when it
comes to relevance, but it sure makes one think - and this combination
really is what makes the film work, as it has a rich, almost overboarding
imagery to it that without any satirical grounding would soon become a
pointless and peerless circus, on the other hand the biting commentary
would seem too bland with a more realistic approach. And thanks to a
rather eccentric directorial effort, that blend works quite beautifully,
making this one pretty weird trip.