by Greg Muskewitz
A sexual peep show, at all times carrying on a few steps behind the central character, a horny, gay loner, by night a trash collector, and even later in the morning hours, a walking STD in search of pleasure.Opening scene: our loner, while wearing a latex suit and mask, buttfucks an anonymous male. Later on, getting head (seen most explicitly of all the encounters) from another anonymous male in a random bathroom. Next, beating off in the shower while choking himself with the hose. And then getting buttfucked by a co-worker. Still yet, breaking and entering into his prey’s house (an anonymous biker, never really seen until this point) and peeing on the floor, after previously dry-humping and molesting the parked motorcycle earlier, as well as masturbating in the shower with the prey’s discarded Speedo. Lastly, cavorting around in the latex suit, a reject X-Man, digging around a landfill and chasing a stray rabbit. So much of this would be worse than it really is if we could better see what was going on, as director João Pedro Rodrigues sees to it not only to predominantly film at night, but to keep all of the images poorly lit. To explicate by avoiding a jeremiad, it looks awful, consummately shoddy, the camerawork not only fails in projecting the picture, but the jumpy and jittery tracking of the phantom-by-night plays commensurately into the sloppy laziness. That is not, however, to say that I would have liked to see it any clearer, for as nettlesome as the image is, a pristine picture, properly lit with smooth tracking shots or SteadiCam movements, would have no overall affect on the movie and its structureless story, Rodrigues’ verdant and unpolished direction. Like the central figure, the structurelessness of plot and direction, lead directly into obscurity.
With Ricardo Meneses.[Not to be bothered with.]
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originally posted: 12/29/03 10:02:26