Ape (2014)



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There are a myriad of young directors who have decided to focus their attention on the failures of their peers, daring to show the western white male as immature and antisocial, exposing his contradictions, neuroses and anxieties. Welcome to economically depressed Grand Rapids, Michigan, the city of director Joel Potrykus. Here we find the listless Trevor Newandyke (a brilliant Joshua Burge), a sociopath, comic failure and arsonist. His efforts to wrestle a smile from his audience with his stand-up monologues lead to one flop after another. His jokes give off a desperate, sarcastic vision, expressing a true punk sense of humour that forestalls any kind of public support. When he's not trying to invent pathetic jokes in front of his bathroom mirror, Trevor likes to set fire to rubbish bins and gets off on the sound of throwing Molotov cocktails at his neighbours' homes. Trevor's life is a concentration of trouble, absurd meetings and discussions, public humiliation, solitary wanderings and long moments of exhaustion spent between the walls of his small room. One day a man dressed as the Devil offers him a deal. (c) Official Site

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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

This unnerving character study by Joel Potrykus embraces the anxieties and neuroses of its protagonist, but despite the dire subject matter it manages to be fractiously playful.

Apr 25, 2014 | Full Review…

While the delivery isn't the smoothest, this portrait of a sociopath comic still hits its keenly-observed marks.

Apr 25, 2014 | Full Review…

A biting, sometimes droll look at the allure of humiliation, "Ape" appears simple, but its underlying machinery is joltingly clever.

Apr 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Potrykus offers a variety of intriguing suggestions about the relationship between laughter and violence, performance and destruction.

Apr 22, 2014 | Full Review…

Slightly psychotic... lets us fill in the character's blank slate, possibly, probably, with our own psychoses, be they great or moderate.

Feb 25, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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