"Heard Any Good Stories lately?", says Charlie. After watching this dark, upsetting film as Charlie walks on the edge of madness, you won't ask that question again, ever again.
Charlie's search for sanity and retribution after watching his lover's brutal exodus wil mark you. Charlie, played by Dan Futterman, in a role that should have made him a star, goes from story to story in flashbacks. The urban myths we tell each other, the poodle in the microwave, the baby left on the car top, the man with the stolen kidney and the upstairs neighbors all come together to merge into real life and to haunt him and us.
The characters surrounding Charlie all slink in and out of his life; they are dark and deep. Paige Turco as Cassandra, John Hamilton as Matt the bartender, William Sage and Barbara Sukowa as his upstairs neighbors. All disturbing and real. Charlie, as he wanders the New York night has become a lost soul. He has this pent up anger and bubbling sexual desire and memories invade his mind. He meets strangers at every turn. And finally is forced to decide the fate of the man he lusts and despises. This is a story of love and loss, homophobia and revenge.
"Urbania" may not be a film for everyone. It is dark and brooding. As Charlie, a gay citizen walking the streets of New York, violent and disturbing things happen, are they real or are they a figment of Charlie's imagination? You will be left guessing until the very end. "Urbania" is a thrilling look into the dark regions of grief. How Charles deals with this and the look at the `urban legends" that come to life are a bright spot in this film.
"Urbania" has won several awards. The director, Shear suggests how horrifying and heartbreaking real life can be. This is a film you will walk away from with a haunting feeling that you have been there or seen that. Recommended. prisrob April 22, 2006