Saturday, July 25, 2020

Zap yourself silly with fab colors and naughty transgressions in Molly Hewitt's HOLY TRINITY

The character played by Hayley Joel Osment sees dead people in The Sixth Sense, but the title character played by Molly Hewitt -- who also wrote and directed the weird new LBGT nitwit extravaganza, HOLY TRINITY -- mostly hears the dead talking, though now and then she sees 'em, too. Hewitt's movie opens on what looks like one of those ultra-dumb "reality" TV shows featuring a would-be medium putting her clients in touch with their dead loved ones.

Our Trinity (Hewitt is pictured below) will soon be doing this, too, though not intentionally. Instead, after inhaling some oddball room-deodorant manufactured by Glamhag, the company that appears to pretty much own the entire LBGT universe (perhaps an "alternate" one?) pictured in the film, these voices of the dead come at Trinity continually, like it or not.

TrustMovies is tempted to call Hewitt a triple threat, since the performer wrote, directed and stars in this sweet mess of a movie. And if Holy Trinity were a better film, he would. It's not a bad one; but it's not good enough to quite warrant its running time. Unless you are willing to count as necessary content, the often amazing visuals -- brim-filled with the kind of colors (cinematography by Greg Stephen Reigh), costumes (no credit for this that I could find) and production design (by a newbie named Mood Killer) you don't see that much in movies: at once eye-popping and breath-taking.

The visuals here are often so much fun to view that they actually do make up for some content lack, but not, I'm afraid, for the entire too-long 97 minutes. In this alternative universe, it seems that many participants have decided to assume the role of either master or pet. Trinity is a dominatrix with a sweet/cute pet named Baby (Theo Germaine, below, left, whom you'll recognize from Netflix's The Politician series), and we meet some other master/pet couples, too, brought to life via these fun costumes and visuals. (I believe that, above, is shown someone called Imp Queen, playing him/herself.)

Along the way there's a fun riff on Glamhag's "customer service" department,  some so-so religious satire featuring a Madonna-loving priest (Alex Grelle, below left), a church service (above) like few others you'll have attended, more of the age-old/cheapjack daddy issues ("I am the smartest man you know!"), and a would-be happy ending in which Trinity supposedly finds herself.

You'll accept this last one only if you can also accept that simply changing one role for another shows any kind of progress. Well, maybe. Just a little. What the hell: they're all very young here -- the characters and the performers -- so they deserve their learning experiences, right?

Distributed via Full Spectrum Features, Holy Trinity hit digital streaming this past Tuesday, July 21 -- for purchase or rental. Click here for more information on how to view. 

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