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I Am a Channel

USA 2024
produced by
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directed by Brian Wiebe
starring Christine Vrem-Ydstie, Ryan Imhoff, Joette Waters, Chris Amos, Linnea Frye, Riley McIlveen, Rosie Moan, Abby Pierce, Cassidy Russell, Drew Shirley
written by Christine Vrem-Ydstie, Brian Wiebe, music by Todd Jacops

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Heidi (Christine Vrem-Ydstie) is a self-styled YouTube influencer, letting her "fans" participate in every aspect of her life - though it's mainly pretty much the same everyone else is doing, that means alternative health advice, fitness and makeup advice, with a bit of spirituality mixed in. And everything on Heidi's channel seems perfect - only her life is anything but, she's in debt, she hates her job she never even talks about in her videos, her relationship with Rian (Ryan Imhoff) is less than perfect, and she doesn't always adhere to what she says on her channel and isn't too crazy about all of her followers. So despite her perfect facade she's just a person like everyone else. But then one night she receives a visitation from another plane of existence, and from here on she becomes confinced she's a channel to another world - and her methods to spread the messages she receives from there at times border the psychotic ...

 

The influencer phenomenon sure is one that's not always easy to understand, at least for someone of my generation (born in the 1970s), but I Am a Channel seems to really nail the thing by way of social commentary, portraying its lead character as pretty much a Jekyll and Hyde-persona who pretty much seems to steer towards breaking point since early on - and Christine Vrem-Ydstie really makes the most of her role, being as likeable as can be on camera and very selfish and manipulative when nobody's watching. But what makes this movie work is that it doesn't go for full-blown comedy (despite the occasional punchline) but puts everything in a dramatic context, ending with a rather disturbing ritual. And as a whole, this is just one entertaining and intelligent movie that most certainly deserves a watch.

 

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