The Color Wheel
2012 - USA - English - 83 minutes - Cinema Conservancy
Directed by: Alex Ross Perry
Featuring: Carlen Altman, Alex Ross Perry, Bob Byington and Kate Lyn Sheil
THE COLOR WHEEL is the story of JR, an increasingly transient aspiring news-anchor, forcing her disappointing young brother Colin to embark on a road trip to move her belongings out of her professor-turned-lover's apartment. Problem is, these grown up kids do not get along and are both too obnoxious to know better. Chaos and calamity are not far behind her beat up Honda Accord. Too bad that nobody else in the world can stand either of them. Not Colin's neglectful girlfriend, nor JR's former high school friends, nor strangers they clash with at pretty much every step of their hopeless and increasingly infuriating voyage of frustration, failure and jerks.
It can only be a matter of time before JR and Colin arrive at the strangest and most unsettling of resolutions and put to rest their decades of animosity, half-baked sibling rivalry and endless bickering. Resting uncomfortably somewhere between the solipsistic, unrepressed id of late Jerry Lewis, the confrontational pseudo-sexual self-loathing of Philip Roth and the black and white motels, diners and loners of Robert Frank's America, The Color Wheel is a familial comedy of disappointment and forgiveness.
"Sly, daring, genuinely original and at times perversely brilliant."
- A.O. Scott (New York Times)
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