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48 Hours in Purgatory

Canada 2009
produced by
Mike Klassen, Scott Williams (executive) for Skeleton Key Films, Homeless Entertainment, Twisted Muse Creative
directed by Jason Armstrong
starring Andrew Roth, Emily Alatalo, J.C. Hewitt, Sean Saska, Jenna Jade Rain, Colin Paradine, Jaclyn Scobie, Robin Barker, Sean Szutka, Danielle Williams, Jay Hiiuvain, Stephanie Christiaens, Pamela Farrauto, Chris Lawson, Stefani Kimber, Scott Vancea, Kylah Eide, Brianna Crawford
written by Jason Armstrong, msuic by Tony Longworth

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Brody (Andrew Roth) is a cutting edge documentary filmmaker, a filmmaker who always tries to push the envelope, even if that means he sometimes crosses the boundaries from documentarist to agitator. He's immensely successful professionally, but less so in private life, where he pushes the woman who loves him (and whom he loves back in a quirky way), his own assistant and muse Veronique (Emily Alatalo) away, even though she does everything in his power to make things work, and he can't get over the loss of his sister as well as a friend.

Nevertheless, the two of them throw themselves into their next project together, where they keep people in a room for 48 hours to randomly interrogate them and see what it does to their psyches if they are forced to face their inner demons. The first applicant (Jaclyn Sobie) breaks down during the session when she's forced to confirm she's a prostitute, but somehow Brody and Veronique manage to see the thing through to a touching happy ending.

The second applicant (Colin Paradine) who has lost a childhood friend and now thinks it's his fault actually makes Brody let go of the past and finally propose to Veronique - something that ends ... quite badly ... and from now on, Brody - who is by no means to blame for the disaster his proposal has become - turns wicked towards his applicants, causing them to hurt (Sean Szutka) or kill (Robin Barker) themselves or confronting them with facts about themselves too big to swallow (Jenna Jade Rain).

Brody seems to enjoy himself more and more in the role of the mighty controller ... until mysterious model Serena shows up to turn the tables on him ...

 

A very interesting little flick that despite its subject matter wisely enough does not go the mockumentary or the found footage route but presents the audience with an original mixture of character piece, psycho thriller, love story and even ghost story without ever losing itself in its very eclectic assortments of genre elements, instead tells a stringent story. Add to this an unexcited yet suspenseful directorial effort, ambitious camerawork and very nice central performances and you've got yourself a pretty good movie!

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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