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Frontier2001

  • 2.0
After their feature debut PLASTIC UTOPIA was deemed too strange by most festival programmers, the brothers Zellner responded like any truly independent, outsider filmmakers would: by making something even stranger. Filtering Soviet propaganda through a mouthful of powerful East Texas psychedelics, the unblinkingly straight-faced FRONTIER ostensibly adapts a "literary masterpiece" from the nation of "Bulbovia," dutifully capturing the Bulbovian people’s rituals of frontier building, national conquest, accordion-based folk songs and raw-chicken duels. Strangers in a strange land, Bulbovia’s dimmest explorers (David Zellner and Wiley Wiggins) attempt to dutifully colonize a new world but soon find their buttoned-up shirts and rational thoughts melting away into beetle-eating, tree-molesting, wife-swapping chaos. Like a Guy Maddin remake of AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD or STALKER’s metaphysical "zone" as day-dreamed by some drunken Austin-ite, FRONTIER takes classic art-film tropes and obsessively builds its strange own zero-budgeted world out of them. Shot entirely in "Bulbovian," it also awakened its star Wiley Wiggins to his heritage. "During the shoot," David Zellner later claimed in an interview, "Wiley found out he was one-quarter Bulbovian." - Jason Sanders

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Official selection of the 2001 SXSW Film Festival.


Member Reviews (3)

Possibly a good political satire, but from the standpoint of good entertainment, it was a negative!

Bazaar but interesting characters and story line, but a little too too far out there for my amusement.

this movie was funny in its own way. 6 simple people made very simple living. It was kinda stupid too.