January 31, 2007

Sundance. On the Road with Judas.

On the Road with Judas On the Road with Judas is "easily one of the most original and interesting movies I've seen in some time," writes Bryan Whitefield at ScreenGrab, introducing his conversation with JJ Lask, who spent five years writing the novel before adapting it himself. Rather unsually, too. He explains: "The actors read the book, then we did rehearsals where I would ask them questions and they would answer the questions based on the book. We rehearsed about five times with every actor, and then we put the actors together or separately in the different interview settings. We did that for about seven days. Then we took six months and edited all that together."

But at indieWIRE, Anthony Kaufman asks, "Is a self-indulgent, self-referential movie any less annoying if it unabashedly acknowledges its self-indulgence and self-referentiality?... [T]he film is not as confounding as it first seems, nor is it as clever. But Lask should be applauded for trying something new and putting a postmodern spin on what is ultimately an earnest tale of unfulfilled love."

IndieWIRE interviews Lask.

Coverage of the coverage: The Park City Index.

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Posted by dwhudson at January 31, 2007 11:16 AM