Refocus returns to Double Double Land on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 for their free screening series with the film Bad Posture . Directed by Malcolm Murray, and written by lead actor Florian Brozek, the film follows recently unemployed graffiti artist Flo (Florian Brozek) and his drug dealing friend Trey (Trey Cole) as they waste their days in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While Trey waits for his car window to be repaired, broken by his angry girlfriend, the two friends hang out in a local park. Trey spots Marisa (Tabatha Shaun) and convinces Flo to talk to her. While Flo shares some awkward conversation with Marisa, Trey steals her wallet, keys, and then her car. As the days pass, Flo can’t stop thinking about Marisa and decides to find a way to return her belongings.

Bad Posture is a rather slow slice of life film. Over the course of 90 minutes, Flo and Trey spend much of their time smoking drugs, drinking, and randomly causing trouble, including a fight at a house party. It takes almost 20 minutes before the real narrative of the film–Flo attempting to return Marisa’s belongings–kicks in. There may be a few moments where nothing seems to be happening, but watching Trey and Flo is always interesting. There are some fantastic scenes involving Flo as he sprays graffiti over the side of a train car, and eventually his entire apartment, or dreams of Marisa while a fight at a house party goes on behind him. It’s these moments where the mostly lethargic Flo comes alive.

Although the characters are usually engaging in behaviour most people would consider bad, that’s not the way the characters are actually portrayed. They’re real people with faults, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still be considered good people. Trey and Flo seem more like brothers instead of friends, and Trey is always there to make sure that Flo is okay. It gives the film a very natural feeling, allowing the audience a revealing window into a week in their lives. It never seems like anybody is acting, it truly feels like we’re watching their lives as they unfold. Towards the end, the film starts to lose a little bit of that realistic feeling, and the audience has to overlook a few moments in order to accept everything that happens. It certainly doesn’t affect the overall film, but it does take away from the extremely real feelings that the film has constructed.

This style of film may not appeal to everyone. The slow nature, and moments where nothing is really going on, may prevent some viewers from becoming engaged in the movie. Without having a purpose to the events until almost 20 minutes in, the audience must be prepared for a number of scenes that involve little more than Trey and Flo visiting random places, buying cigarettes or chatting briefly with friends. When the real story of Flo and Marisa starts, things become a little more typical, although the events are anything but.

Bad Posture screens for free at Double Double Land on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm. You can find more information at the Refocus Facebook page here.

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