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Blood! Sugar! Sid! Ace!

USA 2012
produced by
Mike Messier, Tim Labonte for Man and a Camera Films, Stand Still Pictures
directed by Mike Messier
starring Lawrence O'Leary, Adam Buxbaum, Stacey Forbes Iwanicki, Jamy Tennille
written by Mike Messier, music by Nathanael Tronerud

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Sid (Lawrence O'Leary), a veteran professional writer still waiting for his one big (and above all profitable) breakthrough, does some soul-searching for his next big story - and as anybody would, he likes to see himself as an infallible, god-like creature, projecting all of his shortcomings into his alter ego Ace (Adam Buxbaum), whom he at times sees as his younger self, at times as the son he has never had. In this parallel world of his, there's also Blood (Jamie Tennille), the cynical woman who represents his past botched up relationships, a woman Sid tries to remove from the train of his thoughts, but not always successfully as Ace seems to be drawn to her at times, repulsed by her at others though, and there's Sugar (Stacy Forbes Iwanicki), who's in a way Sid's ideal woman, the soulmate type of girlfriend he might have never met in real life ...

 

If anything, Blood! Sugar! Sid! Ace! is a highly unusual film - and delighfully so: Basically it's really just four people in a dimly-lit room (with the exception of one scene though) talking as they are taking apart Sid's soul, and in the process actually representing the writing process as such much more vividly and accurately than any textbook can do. And it all works, too, thanks to a great screenplay that makes the most of its slightly limiting premise, an excellent cast, an engaging directorial effort and inspired camerawork.

Certainly an unusual film, and probably not everybody's cup or tea, but totally recommended still!

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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