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Love And Human Remains
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by Thom

"Homosexual misogyny + self-hatred = MURDER"
3 stars

A mostly boring film about a serial killer and an urban canadian city. I don't know where they found concrete and chainlink in Canada. Maybe a leftover movie set.

This is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. But its got a decent soundtrack and indie-creds, so it was a worth a go in the theatre, right?


For 7 dollars, this is what you get. Gay guy quits "job" as an actor decides to focus on his true passion, waiting tables. A bisexual roomate who fights with her girlfriend about her boyfriend. A bunch of young blond girls who end up dead in the untamed streets of Canadia missing an earring. And you get a mysteriously reappearing best friend of said Gay Waiter who acts strange and wants to spend too much quality time together.

Its not the acting, the costumes (man, can we give the 80's a rest already), or even the actors. None of which I know anything about because this is an INDEPENDANT FILM and they probably just went down to the local watering hole and shanghai'd every out of work actor in Manitoba.

I went to see this movie because the director, Denys Arcand, directed one of my all-time favorite films, Jesus of Montreal . A brilliant and moving cinamatic tour de force which I have also reviewed. So I am not going to complain about the direction. It was just the final taste left in my mouth.

As a suspenseful murder mystery, it works. The actors are dark and brooding, you never know quite was is going on and there is that constant fear of that thing lurking out there that can strike at any moment. It doesn't help that Gay Waiters roomate is also a prime target for Serial Killer. It gives her plenty of opportunity to freak out and get emotional and for roomate/ex-boyfriend-cum-gay to be caring and protective.

The good in this movie is the stream of characters, including a psychic dominatrix, that make this movie a fun romp on the wild side and easily engrosses the attention of all us voyeurs that could give a fuck about Erin Brokovich and her small town Norma Rae wannabe real woman bullshit. If I want to see the daily lives of struggling women trying to make it right in a world poised on the brink of collapse, I can go to Target.

I want to see these characters who you know are out there but you and I never run into. Nobody just makes up "psychic dominatrix". Sounds like the writer is a client.

Characters aside and all that stuff you can make them do, like so many Barbies and Kens at the mercy of an insane 4th grader, its not until the last few minutes that you figure out whats really going on, why the women are getting killed and how Gay Waiter has anything at all to do with this story.

And thats when the movie just dies. just shrivels up, groans out an apology for having to be so lame, rips a fart and blows away.

I'm going to ruin it for you, because this movie deserves it. I'll save you the loud noise and just share the smell.

"Don't you see, I'm in love with you, but I can't deal with being a homosexual. I tried to love women, but I can't. instead, I killed them, I killed them for you. Nobody will ever know I'm gay now and all the shame and pain I will have to live with because I'm jumping off this building now. Sorry I tried to kill your roomate, Sorry I killed your friends. I'm sorry I loved you."

Yeah, Whatever. If that were me, I would have pushed him right about the "Shame and Pain" part.

It is a good murder mystery suspense film and it is nice to watch and the dialog is smart and engaging, but dammitall if that ending doesn't just make wonder why I paid such careful attention for the last 90 minutes.

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User Comments

4/29/09 Stunned Wow... this Thom guy is an enormous jackass 4 stars
2/21/01 Rocket Boy Atmospheric, well-acted, intelligent 5 stars
1/13/01 jo good movie, good actors 5 stars
6/28/99 Steve Bashakus Really cool little film. Check out Greg (of Dharma fame) playing a dark, layered character 4 stars
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