2007. USA. Ronald Bronstein. 106 min.
Saturday, November 17, 2007, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2007. USA. Written and directed by Ronald Bronstein. With Dore Mann, Mary Wall, Paul Grimstad, David Sandholm. A self-described "troll from under the bridge," the painfully awkward Keith Sontag spends his days selling coupons door-to-door and his evenings trapped in a squalid apartment situated in some particularly hellish outer ring of New York. With the most basic elements of human communication a struggle, Sontag lurches through an uncaring city, attempting to aid a suicidal friend, evict an unctuous roommate, and simply attain some measure of self-respect. With Frownland, Bronstein has made a bold and bracing film that is both a hilarious black comedy and a ragged love letter to an earlier era of independent film. Both the film and its singular hero are raw, confrontational, and, finally, unforgettable. Note: Frownland will also screen on November 19, with an introduction by the filmmaker. 106 min.