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:: Angst

This Australian film had a run at the Cannes Film Festival and created a good impression. It creates quite an impression, particularly after I had a little time to digest the content. Several young Sydneysiders are spotlighted, in providing us the story of their lives. These young people are shown talking about fulfilling their dreams, their life in and out of love, the typical downsides, and still share a laugh together. It seems simple. But there is more to them, as their appearances may not readily indicate.
Dean (Sam Lewis) works in a video shop and is a keen writer of horror movie scripts. He is trying to get over a failed relationship with Jade (Jessica Napier), a smart, green-haired girl. Dean harbours the ambition of making the ultimate horror film. His personal insecurities hinder his confidence to achieve the goal. Ian (Justin Smith) is a wannabe stand-up comedian who works in the local porn shop. His aim includes having success in the city bright lights. These three people share a flat and each share their own struggle. Two characters enter their lives; street kid Mole (Luke Lennox) and Goth girl May (Abi Tucker). May becomes a member at Dean’s video shop and is his love interest.
The seemingly farcical nature of the group’s troubles extends to the effort to retrieve a stolen VCR and a failed attempt at Internet dating. These, and other episodes, are very humorous moments. There is a good vibe about this film. It captures the urban Kings Cross atmosphere of Sydney, well demonstrated by a driving, techno-based soundtrack by David Thrussell. The young cast are very friendly and help provide an honest assessment of life as it affects them. Jessica Napier, as we’ve indicated previously, has a marvellous career ahead, providing she is in the right film. This is not really suited to her, but she shows terrific versatility and a natural zest for performing. Sam Lewis does a convincing job in meeting the director’s need for certain characteristics. The Mole character serves as an effective counterpoint to the central role.
Angst is worth pondering further than what may be addressed in the script and visuals. The banter and occasional waffle between these young adults may seem incidental on the surface, but there is a more significant journey being undertaken. Think of an offbeat, romantic comedy laced with a cynical tone, and Angst will please the young moviegoer in particular.