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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.

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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 | Rating: 3.5/5

If ... you're the adventurous sort, check it out.

March 13, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4

The strongest Fotopoulos I've seen.

March 12, 2002

A masterpiece of urban dread, relationships, and identity crisis.

February 13, 2004

An odd drama set in the world of lingerie models and bar dancers in the Midwest that held my interest precisely because it didn't try to.

February 27, 2003 | Rating: A | Full Review…

This is an undeniably intriguing film from an adventurous young talent who finds his inspiration on the fringes of the American underground.

March 13, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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