One of the finest films to come out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Rick Alverson’s Entertainment. Starring Gregg Turkington, the surreal nightmare warrants the kind of meditative experience that haunts you for months later, if not forever.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“An aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement and the possibility of rekindling a relationship with his daughter, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters.”
In his glowing “A” review, Film Editor Justin Gerber wrote that “Alverson captivatingly captures a man nearing his breaking point, trudging through a professional and personal purgatory.” Truth be told, that about sums it up.
Already we’ve seen its startling trailer, now get even further lost in this exclusive clip, which follows The Comedian as he shoots down his “audience” with a soccer trophy. It’s pretty rough.
Entertainment is currently available OnDemand and hits limited theaters starting November 13th via Magnolia.