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The Chumscrubber - Preview



Preview by: Jack Foley

A STRONG ensemble cast and a memorable name should help to ensure that first-time writer-director, Arie Posin's debut, The Chumscrubber, attracts quite a bit of attention in and around this year's Sundance Film Festival.

The film, according to the Sundance website, is another in the long line of movies that use suburbia as a metaphor for American life (such as Rebel Without A Cause and American Beauty).

But with a cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Jamie Bell, Carrie-Anne Moss, Rita Wilson and Glenn Close, you tend to have to take notice.

 

Set in an apparently idyllic Californian neighborhood, the film begins with a teen suicide and the repurcussions that follow.

Bell plays Dean, who discovers the hanging body of his friend, but resolves not to tell anyone figuring they wouldn't care.

His decision subsequently prompts a series of events that include drug dealing and kidnapping, a neighborhood memorial and a backyard wedding, as well as the usual familial conflict and despair that you'd expect from such a suburban tale.

Sundance website scribe, Geoffrey Gilmore, describes the film as 'a scintillating debut' by writer/director Posin, with all cast members on top form.

It is receiving its premiere at the festival and could well mark the beginning of big things for the Jerusalem-born film-maker.

It'll probably be worth keeping your eyes peeled for this one over the coming months.

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