Starring comic musician <a href="http://www.mikeoconnell.net/" target="_hplink">Mike O'Connel</a>l as K. Roth Binew, <a href="http://www.thelivingwake.com/" target="_hplink">The Living Wake</a> tells the story of an obnoxious intellectual as he personally invites his enemies to a euphemistic "good-bye party," with help from his meek man-servant Mills (Jesse Eisenberg). Set in a timeless dreamscape, the film is witty, transgressive, and bittersweet, with a macabre humor recalling Harold and Maude and Woody Allen. The ego-bloated main character of Binew is also reminiscent of Ignatius J. Reilly in John Kennedy Toole's posthumously-published novel, Confederacy of Dunces; but the lyrically hyper-real screenplay, written by O'Connell and Peter Kline, is infused with elements of fantasy, yielding a morbid storybook feel that defies genre.
- Tanja M. Laden
$8 - 11
Laemmle's Sunset 5
8000 Sunset Blvd
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