January DVD Releases from Tribeca: A Cynical Rom-Com and a Freaky Bio-Pic
Two new releases from Tribeca Film will hit the shelves on January 25. One takes the concept of romantic comedy and turns it inside out; the second is a biographical study of Ian Dury, outrageous punkmeister.
My Last Five Girlfriends, based on Alain De Botton’s bestseller On Love, is director Julian Kemp’s had-it-with-love story, about a suicidal young man who pops a handful of pills, washes them down with gin, then revisits his last five romances and how they went wrong. Mostly, of course, it was the women’s fault. Duncan (Brendan Patricks) reimagines himself in a theme park based on his life, and each relationship as a different ride, starting with the “House of Wendy.”
Duncan decides to commit suicide (and blame it on the five women) because love has been such a disappointment for him that there’s just no sense in going on. In his drugged and drunken state, he reminisces about the highs and—especially—lows of each relationship, pinpointing where they went wrong and why. It’s a fanciful trip down memory lane in which Duncan exposes his vulnerabilities, his overactive imagination, and his ability to converse with stuffed elephants. My Last Five Girlfriends is a delirious romp, punctuated with animation and special effects, that takes the viewer down that dangerous road called love—five times.
Speaking of love…fans of early punk will enjoy sex & drugs & rock&roll (well, I guess a lot of people do), a film that attempts to tell the life story of punk rock pioneer Ian Dury (Andy Serkis). It is a dazzling combination of mixed timelines, excessive living, misery, and trippy effects. Compared to My Last Five Girlfriends’s amusement park, sex & drugs & rock&roll is more of a circus, with central character Ian Dury as ringmaster.
Directed by Mat Whitecross, sex & drugs & rock&roll chronicles the chaotic life of Dury, from his childhood (when he was stricken with polio) through his career as one of the founders of Britain’s punk-rock scene. It’s a boisterous journey through one man’s visions.
Each month leading up to the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, distributor New Video is releasing one to two independent films in a variety of genres from Tribeca Film. The films include drama, comedy, documentary, and animated features (many premiered at the 2010 festival). We hope they will continue the tradition through 2012 with entries from this year’s festival.