Back Against the Wall (2000)




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Midwest experimental filmmaker James Fotopoulos employs his grim cinematic style for Back Against the Wall. Levey (Martin Shannon) lives in a harshly lit apartment decorated with mostly cardboard boxes. Waiting for his girlfriend June (Debbie Mulcahy) to return, he plays chess, reads books, and meets with his friend Ed (Ernie E. Frantz). When Levey is unresponsive to her underwear modeling show for him, she leaves him for Vince (Michael Wexler), which leads the film into a strange mix of pornography and violence. Following a sexually fueled costume party in a farmhouse, Vince is beaten up by thugs. The final segment focuses on Ed and June with a grotesque enigmatic ending. Shot in 16 mm black-and-white, Back Against the Wall premiered at the Anthology Film Archives in New York.
Art House & International , Drama , Special Interest
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | February 28, 2003
Chicago Reader
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Although made on a shoestring and unevenly acted, conjures a Lynch-like vision of the rotting underbelly of Middle America.

March 13, 2002
New York Times
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If ... you're the adventurous sort, check it out.

March 13, 2002
New York Post
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The strongest Fotopoulos I've seen.

March 12, 2002
Village Voice
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