SXSW Film Reviews

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Crying With Laughter

Narrative Feature, Festival Favorites
D: Justin Molotnikov; with Stephen McCole, Malcolm Shields, Jo Hartley

Struggling stand-up comedian Joey Frisk (McCole) reveals early on that he rarely looks back. However, writer/director Molotnikov gives Frisk little choice in the matter as forces beyond the hard-living Scottish comedian's control begin to make for one seriously crappy week, which starts with a seemingly chance encounter with an old military school friend and ends with no shortage of bloodshed, kidnapping, and torture and more than a few shocking revelations. Not that Frisk doesn't need a bit of shaking up, what with his rent and alimony overdue, not to mention his disregard for those close to him. The stand-up routines are a unique way to frame this oft-told and usually depressing tale of pain and forgiveness, and Crying With Laughter marks an impressive feature debut for Molotnikov.

Wednesday, March 17, 4:30pm, Lamar 2

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