David Zellner, Nathan Zellner
USA 2017
113 min

A likably offbeat combination of western, comedy and romance, DAMSEL delights in upending audience expectations at every turn. The early stretches promise a larkish but heartfelt love-story as besotted young fop Samuel Alabaster travels across the 19th century Old West to meet his bride-to-be Penelope, with a miniature horse named Butterscotch and the “preacher” he’s brought along to perform the marriage ceremony. But when the supposed “lovebirds” finally meet up, all manner of hell very quickly breaks loose. Written and directed by co-star Zellner with his brother Nathan (who also pops up in an outrageously over-the-top supporting role), DAMSEL is the third feature from the fraternal duo following KID-THING (2012) and KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER (2014). These idiosyncratic and darkly amusing films have steadily accumulated something of a world-wide cult following, and DAMSEL – which premiered at Sundance before competing for the Golden Bear at the Berlinale – is already well on the way to the same status. Magnificent outdoor locations do their best to steal the show from the ultra-game cast, while music by The Octopus Project works neo-country wonders with banjo, guitar, (yee-haw) saw, fiddle and flute. (Neil Young)

  • Robert Pattinson - Samuel
  • Mia Wasikowska - Penelope
  • Nathan Zellner - Rufus Cornell
  • Robert Forster - alter Priester
  • David Zellner - Parson Henry
  • David Zellner
  • Nathan Zellner
  • Adam Stone
  • Melba Robichaux
  • The Octopus Project
  • Scott Kuzio
  • Terry Anderson
Strophic Productions, Damsel Productions

Great Point Media

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