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
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
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.