Bloomin Mud Shuffle. 2015. USA. Directed by Frank V. Ross. 75 min.
Wringing subtle wit and hard-won honesty from humdrum life has become something of a trademark in the work of Frank V. Ross, a perennially underappreciated talent of American independent cinema. His seventh feature, Bloomin Mud Shuffle, focuses on Lonnie—a lonely, often-drunk housepainter who’s yet to leave the Chicago town in which he grew up. Sixteen years on from high school and stuck in a never-ending rut, Lonnie falls under the spell of a college-aged coworker who’s hesitant to take him seriously. With pitch-perfect performances and a keen eye for the ordinary, Ross takes a slice of Midwestern life and crafts yet another wondrous film from it.