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Bad Fever (2012)

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Alternatively quiet and delirious, always desperate, Bad Fever is a witness to one man's broken American dream and his eternal longing to find someone, anyone, who understands or even pretends to understand. Eddie (Kentucker Audley) bumbles his way through an agonizing courtship with Irene (Eleonore Hendricks), a manipulating drifter who videotapes their fleeting moments together. To express his true feelings for her, he painstakingly orchestrates his debut stand-up performance at the local comedy club. Here is a portrait of two lonely trains passing each other by on the emotional railroad tracks of a forgotten city. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Bad Fever

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Heavy on the awkward silences and joggling, invasive close-ups.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Chicago Reader
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As the camera skitters spastically around its troubled schlub, the film becomes a muddy, minimalist moan of desperation.

February 2, 2012
New York Times
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Audley, a helmer in his own right, somehow infuses Eddie with a compelling presence that exerts an offbeat authenticity.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
Variety
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From its opening white-letters-on-red-background credit sequence to its diligent focus on a wayward loner drifting about the outskirts of society and sanity, Bad Fever has the empathetic soul of '70s American filmmaking.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
Village Voice
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Defa exerts delicate control over his incendiary material and evokes emotional terrors with a sympathetic directness; his raw-toned drama is quietly hectic and brutally poignant.

Full Review… | January 30, 2012
New Yorker
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Rather than express any emotional truth of its own, Bad Fever merely adopts an attitude that resembles one.

Full Review… | January 29, 2012
Slant Magazine

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