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Dear Wendy - Preview



Preview by: Jack Foley

THE new film from Dogme '95 duo, Thomas Vinterberg and Lars von Trier, is among the movies receiving its world premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

The film stars Jamie Bell as 18-year-old loner, Dick, who happens upon a small handgun one day and finds himself strangely drawn to it.

Christening the gun Wendy, Dick subsequently establishes a gang of youthful misfits united in their love of guns and their code of honor - which is never draw your weapon - only to find themselves eventually confronted with having to break the rule.

The film marks Vinterberg's first return to Sundance since It's All About Love in 2003, and has been written by Lars von Trier, of Dogville fame.

 

It is described on the Sundance website as 'a highly atmospheric love story between a boy and his gun' that also serves as 'a riveting allegory about the corruptible power of man's deadly invention'.

It is also said to rate among Vinterberg's most challenging works, given its deft blend of biting commentary and cinematic reverie.

What's more, it's said to boast some stunning cinematography inspired by Edward Curtis's controversial American Indian photographs.

The film co-stars the likes of Bill Pullman, Michael Angarano and Chris Owen and is said to herald a major return to form for Vinterberg and a strong contender for one of this year's festival favourites.

Intriguingly, on the film's website, Vinterberg admits that since beginning work on the project, he has found himself faved with a series of disturbing thoughts and emotions concerning the love of weapons.

It remains to be seen whether audiences will find similar thoughts being triggered within themselves.

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