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Guatemalan Handshake [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Terrific Freshman Film from Rohal 24 April 2008
By Michael L. White - Published on
Format: DVD
Winner of the Grand Jury prize at Slamdance, this much-anticipated film by wunderkind Todd Rohal fulfills the promise of the writer/director's potential. Picking up where his short films, KNUCKLEFACE JONES (1999) and HILLBILLY ROBOT (2001) left off, THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE serves as another voyage into the creative and colorful mind of Rohal.

Starring Will Oldham as Donald Turnipseed, the singer/songwriter is absent through a good deal of the film, though his presence haunts nearly every scene. Donald has gone missing after an accident at a local power plant. All that's left of him is his father's funny little electric car--which changes hands more often than a novice poker player--memories of him, and his unborn child. Sadie (Sheila Scullin) is the baby's momma. She's going into her third trimester as an outcast from her family after her father, the off-kilter Ivan (Ivan Dimitrov), kicks her out of the house for being a slut. Never mind that Ivan has to use a short bus to transport his fourteen illegitimate daughters.

The film goes back and forth in time, focusing on a wide array of eccentric characters that live in anticipation, or dread, of a big demolition derby. Will Sadie drive Donald's father's car to victory? Will Ivan defeat her? Will Turkeylegs (Katy Haywood) ever be reunited with her friend Donald? Will Ethel Firecracker (Kathleen Kennedy) ever find her lost dog? These questions and more are woven into the rich fabric of THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE.

As to be expected from a Rohal film, nothing can be expected--with the exceptions that any boy scouts in the film will be malicious little punks and that the plot will follow logic of its own. THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE does not disappoint. It's a pleasure cruise of an independent film.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Quirky? More like inventive, warm, and unlike anything else! 11 May 2008
By M. Hulot - Published on
Format: DVD
Todd Rohal's strange and hilarious THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE played on the festival circuit for a couple years (where I first saw it and let me say it's one of the most out there indie films I've seen), earned a loyal cult following, and yet now that it's on home video as a wicked awesome 2 DVD set, it's still an underground surprise nobody knows about!!! I Googled what the the pros are saying about Benten Films' new DVD.

"One of the most inventive, most poetic, most disarmingly authentic indies of the last few years... Why was "Napoleon Dynamite," with its relatively stereotypical uber-misfit, a hit, while this 2006 daydream foundered out of sight?"
- Michael Atkinson, IFC NEWS

"We meet people with funny names and see images that make us laugh and snap the elastic of our underpants, but the root of this film's strength is the sad beauty of loneliness and loss that sneaks inside our heads when we lose our power... Subject now for discovery by ancillary markets, alternative distribution, word-of-mouth recommendation and happenstance exposure, I predict that this film will not only endure the savage b**** of festival rejection and media neglect, but will find itself the harness of inspiration for artists to come."
- David Gordon Green, director of PINEAPPLE EXPRESS

"Rohal manages a tone of vague melancholy (and a few laugh-out-loud offhand bits), and it's possible to see all the weirdness as an honest, sideways grasp at magic... a gorgeous 2-disc DVD from the new label Benten Films."

"Here is a film that operates on the same logic that compelled Benjamin Franklin to recommend the turkey, rather than the eagle, as a symbol for the newly formed United States; it holds no illusions about itself, and its idea of majesty is decidedly against the grain."
- David Lowery, DRIFTING

"A revelation! THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE holds a place in my heart that is normally reserved for Easter candy."
- Jared Hess, director of NAPOLEON DYNAMITE
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very bizarre, but also very cool - the plot may not make much sense but it feels just right 5 Jan 2011
By Nathan Andersen - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
In a small town, where the biggest thing all year is the demolition derby, an incident at the nearby nuclear plan sets off a strange series of events affecting the lives of several local residents. The film is narrated by a precocious young girl named Turkey Legs, whose best friend Donald wandered off one day after rescuing an electrocuted dog from the side of the road, leaving behind a pregnant girlfriend, who's just been kicked out of her home by her father, the reigning derby king. The film doesn't so much tell a story as deliver an unconventional portrait of a series of strange characters in a land where the difference between reality and fantasy, between the past and the present, has become increasingly blurred. It's more tone poem than story - establishing place and feeling and character through episodes rather than by tracing a conventional arc. There's an old lady, for example, who wanders around searching for her dead dog - and sometimes she sees him. Reading the newspaper one day, she runs across her own obituary. It's like Gummo meets Napoleon Dynamite, directed by David Lynch - rather, it's like nothing else, really. Todd Rohal's a unique voice, and this is a bizarre film. It looks great - but above all it establishes a mood, of nostalgia and loss, of beauty and sadness. I didn't "get it" the first time I played it - but just watched it again last night and found myself deeply affected. I don't know what it is, but this director's got it. I can't wait to see his next film - which was included this year on the roster at Sundance.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Quirky fun 18 Jun 2008
By Josh Rothman - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw this at the South Side Film Festival in Bethlehem, PA, and I've loved it ever since. I was so excited to see it come out on DVD, I had to get it right away!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Orange 1981 Commuticar 17 Jun 2009
By Kenneth Hall - Published on
Format: DVD
I injoyed this movie alot since I have an Orange 1981 Commuticar that I drive to work every warm day here in Cheyenne Wyoming. It was unbelievable that out of around 500 Commuticars produced in 1980 and 1981 that one just like mine would be featured in a movie. The movie was a bit strange at times but it had a lot of cute scenes. [...]
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