Loren Cass (2006)
Average Rating: 6.3/10
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Average Rating: 6.9/10
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The debut feature by Chris Fuller, the hard-edged drama Loren Cass stars Travis Mynard as Jason, a skinhead who starts a racial conflagration after playing a prank on a Black man with the help of his friend Cale (played by the director and writer, but billed under the name Lewis Borgan). Cale asks out a young waitress (Kayle Tabish), but they end up having dinner at the diner where she works. Everyone in the film seems weighed down by hopelessness and racial tension. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Aug 25, 2006 Wide
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The low-budget, low- tech indie Loren Cass is an example of less being best.
This sharp, gutsy indie is one of the year's great discoveries.
In terms of low-budget filmmaking aspiring past its limitations, Loren Cass is the real deal.
A starkly lyrical portrait of angry, disaffected teens in the racially tense wake of the actual 1996 St. Petersburg, Florida, riots.
An oppressive sense of brutality, loneliness and ennui remains visceral.
What begins as an almost sullen and certainly glacial story about wayward teens in St. Petersburg, Florida grows into an eerie meditation-the sort that people, when they've had the distance, look back on with a misplaced feeling of warmth.
Loren Cass is neither a success nor a failure. It has a young director who is a work in progress.
We're presented a small slice of life with a group of wasted teens, expected to consider this to be somehow artistic and asked to be sympathetic for their malaise.
"My fiction beats the hell out of my truth." That suggestive line from first-time filmmaker Chris Fuller's dead-end portrait of suburban American dystopia cuts like a knife across the dramatic heart of an original and gutsy drama captured on 16mm film.
A deceptively simple indie drama that's quite bizarre, raw, haunting and refreshingly original on a visceral level.
Fuller leaves plenty of room for the viewer to create his own meaning but, in the end, it's not clear how much meaning the filmmaker has brought to the project himself.
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