Boris Rodriguez, shown at right, has set his film in a down-on-its-luck art school, to which has come as a new teacher an also down-on-his-luck artist (Keep the Lights On's Thure Lindhardt, below), who made an artistic splash some time back but has created zilch since then. By some very manipulative plot machinations -- but as this is definitely a horror-comedy-satire, the coinci-dences and happenstance are on display to be appreciated rather than reviled -- our hero gets saddled with the care and feeding of the title charac-ter, a mute, overgrown, aging child/man who couldn't be sweeter -- except at night.
Georgina Reilly, above, plays another teacher at the school -- and police investigation (a funny, officious Paul Braunstein, below, plays the local cop), while the wonderful Stephen McHattie (of Pontypool) acts the art agent for whom commission tops all. The artwork (Lindhardt's paintings and Reilly's sculpture) are shown but barely, with the camera moving too fast for us to ascertain quality: a smart move, I think. The stuff looks like it might be quite good, but we really haven't the time to dwell and tell.
Dylan Smith, below and at bottom, whom I've seen numerous times without having him register, does so here. In spades. Smith brings just the right combo of beef and brawn, sadness and charm to the role so that Eddie becomes the real hero of the film.
TrustMovies does not want to make too much of this little toss-up. (Fortunately, Mr. Rodriguez himself seems not to have any high pretensions, either.) It lasts but 79 minutes-plus-credits, never wears out its welcome, and gives its single theme/idea a smart and deserving work-out.
Doppelgänger Releasing, a new subsidiary of Music Box Films -- which, if it brings to genre films the same taste level that its mother company brings to art films, means that we're in for some treats. Eddie opens this Friday, April 5, in New York City, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Chicago and Atlanta -- with Denver following next Friday, April 12. Click here, and then click on THEATERS in the task bar halfway down the screen to see all currently scheduled theaters and cities. Note to Couch Potatoes: the movie is releasing simultaneously via VOD.
Violence in art became a guiding notion as we toiled through endless re-writes, for sure, but it wasn't it necessarily present as a theme at the outset. When John Rannells first pitched me the idea of a mentally-challenged werewolf and a novelist, he was more focused on doing something outlandish and totally off the hook. But as we fleshed out the characters and the plot, we found ourselves drawing on certain classic themes such as, do artists need to suffer in order to create their greatest work? or, how far would you go for your art? The opera references came in late in the process. At first, I was looking at country music for the film's score because of country's often really depressing lyrics. But one of our producers tried some classical music as a placeholder in a scene and I was surprised by how well it fit the film - opera sounded even better. I didn't know much about opera and started to look at different operas that might have violent storylines so that the radio host in the film could comment on them and stay on theme. Holy crap! Opera turned out to be a veritable gold mine of horror and violence! Virtually every opera is incredibly violent and bloody. I was so happy!
Anyone who has ever reached an audience with their creativity, enjoyed the process and gotten a positive response knows how addictive that can be. It's a high like no other and you get hooked on it. And like all addictions, the process of feeding that high can quickly become destructive. Anybody who dedicates themselves fully to something can do so at the expense of other things in their lives - relationships, love, even physical health can suffer when we become obsessed. That's a big part of Lars's character, the destructive nature of his addiction. But unlike most artists who limit that destruction to their own lives, Lars takes some liberties - and through his increasingly skewered reasoning - the death of a few innocents is well worth the price of some good art. I don't agree with him, for the record...
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Cobarde and it just got selected for Tribeca Film Institute's All Access Program. I'm psyched.
Thanks to Mr. Rodriguez for these intelligent, thoughtful and funny answers. But one more thing: That idea of a novelist and a mentally-challenged werewolf does sound like a lot of fun, so maybe Rodriguez or Mr. Rannells could go back to the drawing board and finish that script...