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produced by
Martin Raiman, Steve Reverand for The LAB
directed by Gem Deger
starring Austin Chunn, Gem Deger, Issy Stewart, Christopher Hugh James Adamson, Jeff Fritz, Holden McNeil, Barbora Hankeová, Anastacia Adamska, Maggie Maxwell, Ollie Horsfall
story by Gem Deger, screenplay by Morris Stuttard, special makeup effects by Vlad Taupesh, Josef Rarach

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Demir (Gem Deger) wakes up in a glitzy apartment, with no idea how he got there - or who he really is for that matter. He just feels he doesn't belong there and thus wants to leave ... and runs into Andrew (Austin Chunn), who claims this is actually Demir's apartment and he's Demir's roommate. And he claims Demir has been suffering from amnesia before. Even though it doesn't sound quite right, as this whole world doesn't feel quite real, Demir accepts Andrew's explanation, also because he feels weirdly drawn to Andrew. Enter Andrew's girlfriend Drew (Issy Stewart), who buys nothing of Demir's amnesia-story and who thinks Demir just wants to steal her man - so once Andrew's out, she tries to stab Demir, but in the ensuing struggle gets hit on the head and knocked out herself - a nasty scar for Andrew to sew shut. That evening, Drew overdoses and dies, which doesn't bother Andrew too much, and he and Demir hide her body inside the couch since they can't really call the authorities and can't bring themselves to bury her. From here on, Andrew tries to fulfill each and every of Demir's wishes and romance between the two men blossoms. And yet, the world they live in shows more and more inconsistencies, and Demir also starts to remember how he got here - and it's not pretty ...


Playdurizm sure is an unusual film, it's at its core an absurd black comedy made up from thriller and horror elements, but with definite touches of surrealism and the bizarre, all set in a world that feels intentionally unreal - and all of this works, thanks to a clever script that's not half as brain heavy as said blend might sound on paper and that aims at entertaining an audience. And the direction really supports the story visually without choking it with overbearing aeesthetics, while the actors play it as straight as they can, given the absurdity of the story. And the result is a truly fascinating trip that ought to be seen to be believed.


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