$9.99. 2008. Israel/Australia. Directed by Tatia Rosenthal. Dave Peck is an almost-thirty, out-of-work dreamer living in urban anonymity with his father. He fantasizes about discovering the meaning of life, and when he hears of a book offering to reveal that mystery for "the low price of $9.99," he believes the answers may be at hand. Though the scope of his world is limited to the neighbors in his building (a widower with a cranky guardian angel; a down-on-his-luck magician; a seductive woman; a newly single man; and a rebellious little boy), he quickly discovers that the complexities of life can't be arranged in the pages of a discount book. An astonishing work of stop-motion animation, $9.99 is both visually compelling and timely in its exploration of urban disillusionment and dreams deferred. A Regent Releasing release. 78 min. Trailer courtesy of the filmmaker
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