Ripple Effect Reviews
This may look like some sort of futuristic thriller with some big name actors, but it's really the story of a struggling Fashion Designer called Amer Atrash (played by director Philippe Caland) who is struggling with the secret that he once hit a man with his car, confining him to a wheelchair. He decides to track that man down and make amends with him. This is one of those peculiar projects where a director has cast himself as the lead in his own movie, without seeing acting ability as a pre-requisite. Unfortunately, he's almost as bad an actor as he is a director.
How he managed to get Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, and Oscar nominees Minnie Driver and Virginia Madsen to appear in this film is beyond me. I've come to the conclusion that they all must have accidentally wandered into a Nazi themed orgy once, and Philippe Caland was there taking pictures.
The most absurd aspect of this film is trying to pass this guy off as a fashion designer. He dresses terribly throughout the entire movie, never far away from his stupid little hat or Pauly Shore surfer attire. Maybe the filmmakers knew their limitations and were subliminally stating the quality of the film in the name of the main character, ATRASH. Honestly.
In terms of story, Atrash basically goes out into the desert with wheelchair bound Forest Whitaker much to the disapproval of Whitaker's wife, Minnie Driver. There he finds himself, a pompous overblown Frenchman with appalling fashion sense.
This movie does have a genuinely hilarious ending involving, but not limited to, sepia flashbacks, potential drownings, a large black man diving out of a wheelchair and a Frenchman at sunset dropping to his knees on a beach in despair.