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Dipso2012

  • 3.5
After being released from prison Tommy returns to his estranged family life in a post-industrial town and pursues being a stand up comedian. His two brothers, Patrick, an Iraq war vet and Ant, a thief of antiques, threaten to derail his dream while he tries to reunite with his first love Sarah who now has a young child. Played entirely by non-actors DIPSO is a raw portrait of multiple generations, struggles with alcoholism and the pursuit of love, done with humor, passion and charm.

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Casually realistic and consistently offering a weary sense of humor in an attempt to hide the painful rage constantly simmering beneath the surface -- this is a potent film. Filmed on a shoe-string budget, Theodore Collatos smartly shoots this movie as if it were a documentary. As the main character attempts to "re-boot" his life the challenges of family, friends and addiction seem poised to refuse a "re-start."

Matthew Shaw delivers a surprisingly powerful performance. I write "surprisingly" because it takes a little while before his work synthesizes with the movie. This isn't a mistake. This is clever film acting and filmmaking.

Quiet and never dramatic, this is a film about an American Tragedy. This film is less about a stupid person than it is the study of a person who seems to be set up for failure.

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Casually realistic and consistently offering a weary sense of humor in an attempt to hide the painful rage constantly simmering beneath the surface -- this is a potent film. Filmed on a shoe-string budget, Theodore Collatos smartly shoots this movie as if it were a documentary. As the main character attempts to "re-boot" his life the challenges of family, friends and addiction seem poised to refuse a "re-start."

Matthew Shaw delivers a surprisingly powerful performance. I write "surprisingly" because it takes a little while before his work synthesizes with the movie. This isn't a mistake. This is clever film acting and filmmaking.

Quiet and never dramatic, this is a film about an American Tragedy. This film is less about a stupid person than it is the study of a person who seems to be set up for failure.

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Good movie with a great message. The sensibility of the characters doesn't relate to most people with a good head on their shoulders but it is reality of some people of this world. The sufferance is within the cycle itself.

2 members like this review