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May 16, 2009

I was prepared to give this movie 3 stars until the stuttering girl showed up. (Note to all screenwriters and directors-trying to earn my sympathy with a stuttering girl only earns an automatic one star deduction.) From the start, this movie is just a compilation of the worst habits of indie filmmakers, but there was enough to interest me in the first half that I was willing to forgive the lonely, quirky protagonist, the drab and dreary color palette, the jump-cuts used to symbolize the actor’s disorientation, the sparse piano score, the “Steadi-cam” shots with the camera following the actor (shot, no doubt, with a handheld digital video camera bought at Best Buy). And then that damn stutterer showed up. It was so bad that I’m afraid I might take my anger out on real-life stutterers. Things just went downhill from there.

Speaking of stuttering, I watched Pan’s Labyrinth again last night. Now that’s how you use a stutterer, damn it.

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