Thursday, 5 July 2012

Sleeping Dogs Lie, dir/wr. Bobcat Goldthwait, st. Melinda Page Hamilton, Bryce Johnson, Geoff Pierson, Colby French

Goldthwait's film God Bless America, about a middle-aged man and teenage girl who mount a sort of Bonnie and Clyde-styled road trip in which they gleefully dispatch everyone that piss them off has just gone on general release in the UK, and if you enjoy it and fancy something darker but compelling nonetheless, you might want to check out his Sleeping Dogs Lie from 2006. It concerns Amy (Hamilton) whose one-time impulsive and experimental indiscretion with her dog during her time at college resurfaces years later to wreak havoc on her life. At its heart, despite the sensationalist premise, this is a film about honesty and its viability as foundation-laying currency in any relationship. The genius of the film lies in its capability to make us look beyond the act itself, as extreme as it is, and as events unfold and Amy mops up the fallout between her and her fiancĂ© and family, her momentary lapse of irrationality becomes substitute for any number of deeply personal confessions we might fear giving breath. It's nuanced and thoughtful with a delightfully subversive resolving message that actually, ignorance may be bliss after all.