A besotted dream of a very clean tramp, THE LEGEND OF THE HOLY DRINKER is also a throwback to a particular kind of half-logy, umber-infused, myth-laden European arthouse cinema layered thick with obscure portents and kept aloft with lyrical fantasy interludes. It’s so old-fashioned that it’s practically new again.
Walking nearly non-stop through the “real-time” 90 minutes of A SINGLE GIRL (1995), Virginie Ledoyen was 19 when the movie was released, a year after she appeared as a rebellious, lovestruck teenager in Olivier Assayas’ COLD WATER. Streaming this month as a Curator’s Pick on Fandor, the film no longer feels like a gimmick, as it did to some critics at the time.
Like some punk-rock answer to CRIMES OF THE FUTURE, the sex, drug and body horror revels of a back-alley cabal of hallucinogenic worm-eaters in ALL JACKED UP AND FULL OF WORMS conjure a bizarre underground culture literally exploding with transgressive hijinks. Keyframe recently met Phillips for a brief Zoom chat to get wormy and weird.
Now streaming exclusively on Fandor, the genderqueer body-swap comedy HOMEBODY is the debut feature from writer-director Joseph Sackett, who took inspiration from his own childhood fantasies, applying a personal touch that is at once tenderly observant of its young protagonist’s imaginative landscape and alert to all the manic possibilities suggested by the premise.