FEATURE 80:00 35mm 2005 MIDWEST PREMIERE
“A triumph of lower-than-low budget filmmaking” – Variety
“Playing like a cross between Lynch’s ERASERHEAD, Polanski’s REPULSION and Richard Kern’s ultra-low-budget No Wave shorts, this nightmarish vision of psychosis is one of the most remarkable works of the year,” – Edinburgh International Film Festival
Formally stunning and compositionally complex, SUGAR Reynold Reynolds’s and Patrick Jolley’s first feature is a striking post narrative, Gothic horror masterpiece. When a woman rents a miserably tiny room, she finds mountains of belongings from the previous tenant, ‘Anthony,’ as she sifts through his belongings she becomes more and more curious about who Anthony is and why he appears to have left so abruptly. She listens to messages on the answering machine from the landlord, his mother, and a calm, threatening Irishman who appears outside the apartment door to suggest that perhaps Anthony never left at all. . As she cleans up the place, she begins to experience uncanny visions, nightmares, and the feeling that Anthony is much closer than she imagined.
The woman (played by co-writer Samara Golden) begins to succumb to her isolation and solitude as her dreams begin to spill over into her paranoid reality leading her further into hallucinations and toward a full on mental breakdown. Golden is alone for the majority of the film, giving a silent, psychologically demanding performance as the claustrophobic barrage of voices, shadows and sound close in on her from all sides.
Sugar is the first feature by Reynold Reynolds and Patrick Jolly, who previously directed the award-winning trilogy of experimental films: SEVEN DAYS TIL SUNDAY (1998), THE DROWNING ROOM (2000) and BURN (2002). The film also features an ominous score by J.G. (Foetus) Thirwell – just in case the above description sounds too comfortable.
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