Thursday, August 1, 2013

MIFF: Prince Avalanche

When I saw there was a new movie starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch screening at MIFF I was very intrigued. When I noticed it was a buddy movie set in the 80's it was a done deal.

Prince Avalanche tells the tale of two men spending the summer of 1988 isolated, repainting yellow road lines after a savage brushfire destroyed the area. The men are ying and yang, Alvin (Rudd) is serious and driven whilst his girlfriends brother, Lance (Hirsch) is dopey and aimless.

The film is driven by the interaction between the two characters, with dialog that is both vulgar and poignant in equal measure. The characters slowly reveal themselves to the audience and to each other  as it becomes clear neither character has their life in order.

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