A24/Tadmor/Astrakan/Cold Iron/Blackbird/Prettybird (Eval
Rimmon, Lauren Mann, Lawrence Inglee, Jonathan Wang, Miranda Bailey & Amanda Marshall)
W: Daniel Scheinert & Daniel Kwan
DP: Larkin Seiple
Ed: Matthew Hannam
Mus: Andy Hull & Robert McDowell
Paul Dano (Hank Marshall), Daniel Radcliffe (Manny), Mary
Elizabeth Winstead (Sarah Johnson)
When a film opens with one character riding the ocean
waves on a corpse like a jetski, using flatulence as propulsion, you know that it's going to be a very strange film.
Hank Marshall (Paul Dano) has been stranded on a desert island
for an unspecified amount of time when the corpse of a man washes ashore. Hank discovers that the cadaver has a number of uses, before it seemingly comes back to life and a friendship blossoms
between the two men and they both become obsessed with a picture of a woman on an iPhone as they piece their lives together with various junk they find strewn about.
It's left quite ambiguous as to whether Manny is truly
sentient or if the friendship is all part of Hank's increasing mania and the humour throughout the film is very dark.
It won't be everyone's cup of tea, and Harry Potter fans
hoping to see a similar character portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe are certainly in for a shock.