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Asylum Seekers

2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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SYNOPSIS
Work, deadlines, family, terrorism, information overload... As modern life pushes the world to the brink of madness, six strangers decide there s only one sane response: head through the door marked EXIT. It leads to a deluxe, exclusive, luxuriously-appointed mental asylum where a staff will wait on them hand and foot for the rest of their carefree lives. The problem? The asylum has only one vacancy. Now, the group of would-be patients will have to prove who among them is truly most deranged. Of course, not everything in the asylum is as it seems, and as the applicants turn themselves over for evaluation, they learn that the insanity has just begun.

Director Rania Ajami s boldly original feature-length debut is a surreal black comedy that questions the ways we define what is normal and what is not. Asylum Seekers takes its characters and the audience deep into the rabbit hole to a place where sanity is not an option.

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  • Actors: Pepper Binkley, Bill Dawes, Judith Hawking
  • Directors: Rania Ajami
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures, Vicious Circle Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00558Z4VM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Very interesting film by a director who, like Terry Gilliam or Fellini, appears to be ahead of her time. The story is about 6 people who are so fed up with the real world that they want an asylum to take care of them. There are days when I'm sure everyone feels like this! There are many, many subtexts happening in the work - lots of literal references and symbolism throughout. The entire asylum is run by a giant beard, which I thought was hilarious since beards have traditionally been associated with knowledge and authority. The only problem with the film is the sheer scope of the ideas are huge. I think she should have paired it down to maybe two or three main characters, instead of six and focus the ideas a bit more concretely. Nonetheless, film students and cinemaphiles should absolutely see this film as a study in cinematography, set design, and music - all of which are outstanding. I can't wait to see the next feature by this director, who is a true visionary.
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