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Awesome: 13.33%
Worth A Look: 0%
Average: 13.33%
Pretty Bad40%
Total Crap: 33.33%

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Twentynine Palms
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Limits of stamina."
2 stars

Scenes without a story; in other words, a free-flowing non-narrative from Bruno Dumont, which follows a pair (David Wissak, hiding behind a grass skirt of hair, and Katia Golubeva, no less sexually exposed here than in Pola X) in their Hummer to 29 Palms for Dieu-sait-pourqoui.

Mostly, it seems, the trip’s goal is to fuck in the desert with no evident connection to tanning their white fannies. (Golubeva isn’t fully awake until she can pop a squat in the sand; Wissak isn’t allowed to watch, but we are.) Aside from fucking (when it doesn’t go wrong, that is; Golubeva to Wissak while trying to enter from behind: “I’m too dry, my love”), they also fight often for no apparent reason, although it allows Katia to show off in an unbroken close-up how well she can break down, quivering chin and all. Consisting predominantly of static shots, it minimally displays Dumont’s half-cocked compositional skills — the desert or motel room scenery, Katia floating in a swimming pool in a palm tree’s shadow — but he often takes the unrewarding position of backseat spectator on their dusty sojourns while quirky Japanese music plays on the stereo. Apart from the various choices of sex (on the bed, on the rocks, from behind, face-fucking, man-on-man anal rape, all usually consummated by laughable come tantrums), there’s not much else going on. It’s billed as an erotic horror film, which neither title properly describes, though its moment of shock or horror is apposite in multiple ways to Fat Girl and Trouble Every Day — and not only because of their revelations. I appreciated the other two films far more, mostly because they had an underlying point or skill that didn’t just hinge on its moment-of-cringe, but the overall challenge here seems to be an endurance test for the audience. With two breaks in the film during its screening, at least half of the audience lost their stamina.

[See it if you must.]

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 Palm Springs Film Festival. For more in the 2004 Palm Springs Film Festival series, click here.
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User Comments

7/17/13 Monday Morning The 5-star reviewers must be relatives of the actors or something. 1 stars
5/11/07 crescent joker watching my cat chase it's tail was more exciting 1 stars
5/06/07 Orgasm I had such a huge orgasm while watching it. 3 stars
1/30/06 Indrid Cold Long uneventful scenes + random sex and violence = art? 3 stars
3/29/05 Daria The worst movie I've evern seen. Should have walked out. 1 stars
2/06/05 Todd What the fuck???? 1 stars
11/28/04 Mike Baddddddd 1 stars
8/14/04 von It's all about the Hummer. Demented and scathing and totally sweet. 5 stars
2/08/04 dan stefik This iz tha shit yo! 5 stars
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  09-Apr-2004 (NR)
  DVD: 21-Sep-2004



Directed by
  Bruno Dumont

Written by
  Bruno Dumont

  Yekaterina Golubeva
  David Wissak

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