(MIFF 38, "Movies that don't been")
Perhaps one of the distinguishing features of this film is its name, which is perceived quite differently in the beginning and at the end of the film, despite the feeling of emptiness and helplessness that arise with the first shots. It therefore begins to warm the hope that protagonist — Moody indifferent to all people working the stand-up comic, in his jokes will find for itself an outlet from the surrounding reality. Yeah and have fun at the same time — let bitter, even caustic, but returning permanently leaving the feeling of life. And time is — and this happening.
And like such stories as ""Falling Down"" (1993), the audience, along with the main character is followed to the point of no return in advance in anticipation of the outcome occurring. However, knowledge is not just not ruining the integrity of the picture, it helps to understand where is the limit of human patience incredible pains, which is often a heavy burden we are yourself, a closed mouth and a closed soul. Very soon it becomes clear that the comedian has been touring inhospitable desert of California, with one purpose — chance to see his daughter — with each step loses the ability to breathe in itself his listeners the joy and good mood. It funny just not good or lightweight, they are not even stinging, all what's left — it is stupefied impotence, bile and vulgarity. And the first attempts to remain sane person, talking about honored the claims of students with the operating point of view, steadily goes into an insult to those of the audience, and eventually — in a condition of frenzy. The main character, every night adictively on the responses of his adult daughter touching message on the next night with hatred simulates the execution of its audience, a laugh which he never to hear. Have no background, it with silent gloom listening to other people's stories and jokes, speaking only rude to the conviction of its performances. And only when a poor backwoods melancholy of the desert are replaced by luxury apartments Los Angeles celebrities, immersed in green, to achieve the goal of all so far, laughter turns to the sad lament, all becomes on the places. It was then, following the character the viewer gets the opportunity to comprehend depth feelings the picture becomes complete, justifying all standby.
The film is neither easy no. dynamic. Many of the actions of the protagonist, especially when you meeting with random characters will make you think about their motive, as and the absence of film history. But the environment itself (abandoned cars, airplane graveyard, the empty stage) and concise soundtrack perfectly capture the essence of what is happening. With every appearance in the frame, the actor Gregg of Tarkinton is of interest to its laconic character. His soul is an unnamed comedian — solid wound too deep, that would be delayed scar, and not allowing you to touch it in the end, he his last, fatal blow. Tarkenton in fully able to realize the life is complicated character going on the path of self-destruction.
In General, picture of Rick Alverson the leitmotif is the theme of patience and its end, but despite all anxiety, a sense of hope, this film is not kills. These unmet expectations move in sympathy, consistency builds trust what is happening to the credibility of the film. Sad the types of abandonment of the wilderness all have its aesthetics, a good operator decisions and transition from landscape to not allow you to lose interest to what is happening. All together — very strong film, demonstrates that if, being alone with a trouble to let your life unchecked, sooner or later the time will come when not enough strength not only a good mood for yourself and others, and even the simple smile, when which will be in your right mind.
(MIFF 38, "Movies that don't been")