Smother The Demons
A reclusive sports hustler returns home to his family farm after years of absence to reunite with his two eccentric, unhinged and emotionally damaged brothers.
If Harmony Korine had made THE DARJEELING LIMITED, it might look something a bit similar to SEPTIEN, Michael Tully's film that also tells a story of three offbeat brothers who have a strange relationship. Tully himself plays Cornelius, who returns home after 18 years. He reunites with his brothers Amos (Onur Turkel) and Ezra (Robert Longstreet), with a gigantic beard and no willingness to explain where he's been.
Amos and Ezra don't have it all together, either. Amos paints pictures of mutilations to fight his own suicidal urges, while Ezra is a picture of repressed sexuality. When their toilet overflows with excrement, they're forced to call a plumber -- who is Cornelius' ex-high school football coach (Mark Darby Robinson) who…
Weird low rent psychotic and surreal Royal Tennenbaum type take on a hillbilly family of demented wannabe artists in rural nowhere.
Enjoyable, if only because it's so thematically and structurally liberated. Very elusive and strange but also very simple and earnest.
Just watched SEPTIEN, directed by Michael Tully. I bought this film on a whim (I liked the cover-art) and I'm really glad I did. This is a movie about a guy who returns home after being missing for 18 years. Apparently, some traumatic event happened between him and his football coach when he was young, and he dropped out of society because of it. I didn't know what to think of this movie at first, but it was pleasantly wierd. I feel that this movie is definely worth watching; the sad part is that I doubt anyone other than myself will ever watch it.
Just watched SEPTIEN, directed by Michael Tully. This is my pick for best film of 2011. Sure, HUGO was great, THE TREE OF LIFE was great, but Septien really struck me on an emotion level. This may be the most spiritual movie I've seen recently without having to fall back on the crutch of religion. It's about 3 brothers who are all emotionally damaged, and all find a special kind of redemption involving field-goal kicking and high-fiving. This movie is simple and weird, and I think it's disappointing that this movie will probably never reach a wide audience. I found this movie for sale at blockbuster (there was only 1 copy) and I'm glad I got it.
A unique look into an isolated family farm.
The void of the usual protagonist creates an interesting feeling only to be let down by the ending that promised more given the excessive foreshadowing.
The Reverence: Cornelius looking as if he is checking out the children.