VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Entertainment

V' 15

Entertainment

Rick Alverson
USA, 2014
Fiction, 104min, OF

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Entertainment

Rick Alverson
USA, 2014
Fiction, 104min, OF

Cast: 
Gregg Turkington
The Comedian
John C. Reilly
John
Amy Seimetz
Woman in the bar
Tye Sheridan
Eddie the Opener
Screenplay: 
Rick Alverson
Gregg Turkington
Tim Heidecker
Sound: 
Gene Park
Camera: 
Lorenzo Hagerman
Editor: 
Michael Taylor
Rick Alverson
Composer: 
Robert Donne
Decoration: 
Bart Mangrum
Costume: 
Elizabeth Warn

Production: 
Nomadic Independence, Jagjaguwar, Made Bed Productions, Complex Corporation, Epic Pictures Group
World Sales: 
Epic Pictures Group
Format: 
DCP
Color

If a monograph is ever written about the cinema of Rick Alverson, it may read: “Oh God, Please, When Will This Movie End?” This is by no means a pejorative statement. Or at least, not entirely. Alverson, whose previous work THE COMEDY might be film’s finest examination of the corrosive nature of privilege, makes movies that are near impossible to sit through and even harder to stop thinking about.
ENTERTAINMENT, which stars the comedian Gregg Turkington as a failing standup comedian, staggers through a landscape of wretched bars, comedy dumps and loser towns in a shell-shocked haze of fed-up existential disgust. Each moment of this despicable charade we call life, it says, brings us closer to the final indignity that will spark total emotional collapse. It is, if you are watching in the right frame of mind, hilarious. (Jordan Hoffman)