Flooding With Love for the Kid

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Meticulously adapted from David Morrell's novel FIRST BLOOD, which introduced the world to a young man named Rambo and his one-man war against a small town and its sheriff, FLOODING WITH LOVE FOR THE KID is in itself a one-man cinematic war. Shot entirely for $96 in a 220-square-foot studio apartment in Manhattan, it was adapted, directed, filmed, acted, designed, and edited by one man. Actor and filmmaker Oberzan, performing all two dozen characters, created this monumental, transgressive experiment as a testament to the animal ingenuity and triumphant spirit of the lone artist equipped with no money, no resources, no nothing. A wild, violent, compassionate ride through the back hills and caves of Kentucky, the film and its maker embrace their harsh limitations, and in doing so, ultimately transcend them. As Rambo and Sheriff Teasle hunt each other in the woods, the audience is forced to redefine the very nature of 'suspension of disbelief'. How and why this story is told is a statement far larger than any story itself. This film asks the questions, "What do you need to make a good film? How much money? How many actors? How much space? Can you make a great narrative film with nothing but your love for the work?" An action-filled drama, it destroys all previous notions of low-budget filmmaking with a determination lifted from Rambo's own furious rampage. --© Anthology Archives


Critic Reviews for Flooding With Love for the Kid

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  • A masterpiece of ingenuity.

    Jan 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Mr. Oberzan isn't going to win any acting awards with this project, which ultimately feels like a YouTube video that goes on too long, but he certainly establishes his film-editing credentials: the story stays remarkably clear.

    Jan 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • I feel like I understand what First Blood is really about much better after seeing this version.

    Jan 7, 2010
  • The film might play as a YouTube-y farce for a downtown audience, hard to say, but so far, it's the best movie of 2010.

    Jan 5, 2010 | Full Review…
  • While the premise might seem like a superficial YouTube stunt, the storytelling is crafty, compelling (falling from a cliff while being chased by a helicopter?!?) and heartfelt enough to explode all sense of cheeky irony.

    Dec 30, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Aaron Hillis

    Time Out
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  • This is not a "so bad it's good" production-this is a home movie of emotionally astronomical proportions. It wears its hyper-manly heart on its sleeve at every given moment and totally brings you to the brink of Flooding with Love for the Kid.

    Jan 14, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Flooding With Love for the Kid

A one man retelling of "First Blood" (more faithful to the original novel than the Stallone movie), with Zachary Oberzan playing dozens of roles and shooting the entire film in his NYC apartment for $96. This is really an amazing low budget achievement; Oberzan finds exactly the right tone, playing it seriously (his acting is very good, particularly as Teasle). He lets the cheap "special effects" (toy snakes, bookshelves with branches sticking out of them to represent trees) supply the comic relief, but you still find yourself drawn into the dramatic arc of the story. For a film made for less than $100 it's 5/5 stars; I think it's a compliment to call it 3/5 versus Hollywood competition. It's no masterpiece but it was more entertaining and impressive than most movies with 1,000,000 times the budget.

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