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Back Against the Wall
Back Against the Wall
Actors: Debbie Mulcahy, Martin Shannon, Ernie E. Frantz, Michael Wexler, Joe Antico
Director: James Fotopoulos
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
NR     2003     1hr 34min

In this "Lynch-like vision of the rotting underbelly of Middle America" (Stephen Holden, The New York Times), the downfall of a lingerie model is portrayed against the depressing, menacing milieus of the men she caters to,...  more »

     
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Actors: Debbie Mulcahy, Martin Shannon, Ernie E. Frantz, Michael Wexler, Joe Antico
Director: James Fotopoulos
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Facets
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 03/04/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2000
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
 

Movie Reviews

Dull, plodding, perverse, and poorly made
Scott Andrew Hutchins | Bronx, NY, USA | 01/16/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This black and white film is about on par with _Big Brother_ in its plodding insipidness. The film is hard to follow through the endless still-camera shots of pointless and redundant conversations and the director's obsession with masturbation. The characters aren't just quirky, they're farcical--one even appears to have joke store teeth. Fotopolous casts unengaging actors as characters neither intelligent nor interesting in a story that, really lacking any clarity, appears to be about a woman whose situation forces her into a career as a porn star, which she must to masked after her face is scarred. I think. I'm all for ambiguity as long as your mise-en-scène, camerawork, or editing is interesting, but sitting through this at the Naptown Underground Film Festival, which also had many of Fotopoulos's masturbation-obsessed shorts, was a major chore. If anything, this is more an effort at being offensive than an effort to make art."