Starring: Angela Berliner, Andrew Helm, Anthony Q. Farrell, Bethany Davis,
Chantal Hediger

Directed by: Kian Kaul

Story: A suicide-pact between Shane and Raquel takes a turn for the cruel
when Clara enters their lives, begging to join them in death. Tortured by the
misery of life, their only hope is an equally sadistic salvation.


I hate writing negative reviews for independent movies. I have a lot of respect
for the movies that dare to do something different. You have to give props
to these independent film makers for bringing us something new. Sometimes
I get tired of seeing the same old stuff. If you want to see something
different, you have to look underground. I think I've said that before in a
previous review. I still hold on to that word, it's a fantastic word;
underground. It's fascinating isn't it? Only in the underground market can
you find stuff like this. I've seen so many whacked out independent shorts
and feature length movies. The movie I'm review right now, "Flesh" goes into
my list of originals. Never have I seen a film quite like this, or just in this
fashion. Watching Flesh was like watching a live stage production. Only this
stage production features vampires and eighty four minutes of dialog. Alright
maybe it's not really eighty four minutes of dialog, but that's how it felt. If
you feel like watching a movie with very few characters and a good hour of  
talking, then I suggest you watch Flesh.

In the movie we follow Shane and Raquel. Both Shane and Raquel have
reached the end. Exhausted by their unique blood thirst, they lock
themselves in a derelict hotel room to die. Unexpectedly joined by Clara, a
used and abused party girl nearing the bottom of her own downward spiral,
classic complications and jealousies begin. With no retreat from each other,
the fatal three are forced to confront raw, candid and deeply ugly truths in a
thoroughly uncompromising exploration of need, desperation and the
effortless intoxication of cruelty in human relationships. I'll be honest with
you here, I didn't write that entire synopsis. I had to look it up because it's
difficult for me to explain the story. It may seem simple, but it's actually
complicated. To sum up Flesh in one sentence, it's a dialog picture. An
independently made dialog picture at that. I don't have a problem with dialog
movies, I actually like dialog driven material. The Clerks, Pulp Fiction, Cigarette
Burns, these movies are heavy and rely a lot on dialog.

Flesh however isn't my favorite dialog movie. Actually now that I think about
it, it's probably my least favorite dialog movie. The movie takes place in one
setting, more specifically it takes place in one room. Flesh doesn't take you
into the outside world, it stays in one setting from start to finish. The look of
the movie is fantastic. As I mentioned earlier in my review, the movie looked
like a giant stage production. I'm willing to bet money that all of it was filmed
on a stage. As you watch Flesh you question whether or not you're watching
a live play. There is also a cool two view feature in the first half of the movie,
where different angles of shots are presented at the same time. This helped
drive the realism and that's why it feels like you're watching a stage
performance. It's just a shame that the camera view wasn't steady. The
camera always seems to move and it distracts you from concentrating on the
movie. And you really have to pay attention while watching Flesh, because if
you miss a good chunk, you won't understand it. Pay close attention here

I watched the whole thing straight, focused and trying hard to ignore the
shaking camera. And guess what? I still don't understand the movie. Maybe
that's just my fault. What I enjoyed most about the movie was the artwork.
The backgrounds, the paintings, the clothing, all of it was beautiful. It
captured that sense of dark/gothic art. The clothes that the characters wear
are extraordinary. The look of the movie was great, but that's as far as it
goes for me when it comes to finding the positives. The rest of the movie
isn't pleasant. This movie plays a great deal on the relationship between the
two main characters. Being a dialog driven movie, I'm sure you can guess
what the movie is like. A few women locked up in a room talking, and arguing,
and talking, and arguing and guess what? More talking. The dialog didn't
even make sense to me. I was lost after awhile. Maybe I need to give this a
second viewing.

As far as all the other technical stuff goes, the only other big problem I had
was with the acting. The dialog itself gets irritating after a while, and the
over-acting doesn't help one bit. I'll be really honest and say that I have no
god damn clue as to what the point was. Perhaps I missed it somewhere, but
I really didn't get the movie. Basically, I thought it was pointless. I tried so
hard to give this movie a chance, and I've done so by finishing the whole
thing. I even went through the bonus features on the DVD (which are great
by the way). But when it was all said and done, I wasn't happy. I need to see
this again, maybe I'll like it better a second time around. There is so much
about this movie that I don't like. I already mentioned the positives, and
some of the negatives. Flesh is a complicated movie. It's an intimate horror
story that I didn't get, and perhaps never will.

Overall: 4/10
Genres: Drama, Horror

Rated: Not Rated

Country: USA

Year: 2006

Runtime: 84 minutes


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