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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Why You Should See 'Kabluey'...



This movie has been out for a couple of years, but we only happened to see it a month or so ago.  Since I hadn't heard of it, I'm guessing some other people haven't either.

It's the story of a man (Scott Prendergast, who also wrote & directed) who takes care of his brother's kids while his brother is in Iraq.  He gets a job as a corporate mascot for a huge, bankrupt corporation, and his only real responsibility is to hand out flyers.  The corporation invested in a massive office complex just before crashing, and never actually moved into the building, so the flyers are just about renting space in the vast, never-used office building.

This movie is brilliant.  It's funny and very sad, too.  The sensibility really appeals to me--the big, absurd office building, the fact that his costume is so terribly designed as to be useless, the way the guy's nephews hate him.  There's a kind of emptiness and isolation between the characters that the movie captures beautifully. 

It doesn't fall into any kind of stereotype, so you don't know what's going to happen next.  It's a fulfilling movie--not ultimately happy or sad, just surreal and weirdly, deeply satisfying.  Enough that I wanted to blog about it months after seeing it.  It also stars Lisa Kudrow, a great actor whose talents are probably underappreciated. You should check it.  (http://www.kabluey.com/)

2 comments:

  1. I've never heard of it before. Will go and check it out. The blue guy on the cover looks really kinda sad. Either that or he's very cold.

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  2. Actually, his head is just super-massive and heavy, so he looks sad all the time.

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