From Fantasia 2017: “Tilt”

Tilt posterRecently played at the Fantasia International Film Festival, we had the chance to see “Tilt”, a film that brings us the story of Joseph Burns, a unemployed documentary director that once enjoyed a modest success with his first documentary, and have been trying to complete his next project ever since, getting constantly distracted by one thing or another. His wife Joanne, who has been supporting him through all this time (both morally and economically) makes him realize that now that there is a baby on the way, it might just be the time to come back to the regular workforce and put the documentary on hold.

Joseph’s mental crusade about destroying the myth of “The Golden Age in the U.S.” thru his documentary, turns into a complicated obsession when he sees than nobody seems to be even remotely interested in the theme of his project, even when someone like Donald Trump starts to place himself on the television as a candidate for the U.S. presidency, using the same myth (according to Joseph) to turn the masses to support him and his purposes…

As days goes by, Joseph tries without success to show enthusiasm for his future as a parent, and the idea of finding a stable source of income. What we see however, is that maybe as a form of retaliation for being forced into responsibilities he was not fond of, he starts to set a series of accidents where Joan gets hurt. Also with the excuse of needing to clear his thoughts for the documentary, Joseph starts to walk around the neighborhood late at nights, but in reality he is just stalking people from different social status, maybe looking for someone to unleash his anger with… or to continue something sinister that was already there and now he has decided to hide no longer…

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Desde Fantasia 2017: “Tilt

Tilt poster“Tilt” es un filme que nos presenta la historia de Joseph Burns, un cineasta documentalista desempleado que una vez hizo un documental modestamente exitoso, y desde entonces ha tratado de completar su nuevo proyecto, desviándose constantemente por una razón u otra. Su esposa Joanne, quien lo ha apoyado durante todo este tiempo (tanto moral como económicamente) le hace ver que ahora que están a escasos meses de tener su primer bebé, tal vez sea hora de regresar a la vida laboral y ponerle pausa al documental…

La cruzada mental de Joseph de desmentir el mito de “La época dorada” a través de su documental se empieza a convertir una complicada obsesión cuando ve que nadie parece estar remotamente interesado en el tema de su proyecto, aun y cuando alguien como Donald Trump se empieza a presentar en la televisión con aspiraciones a la presidencia de Estados Unidos y trasmite sus discursos con el mismo “mito” a las masas para mantenerlos (según Joseph) sumisos y obedientes…

Conforme pasan los días, Joseph trata sin éxito, mostrar entusiasmo por su futuro como padre y la idea de hallar una forma estable de ingreso, y vemos como tal vez en forma de venganza por estar siendo obligado a tomar responsabilidades que no quería, empieza de una forma u otra a causar accidentes donde su esposa sale lastimada. También con el pretexto de querer aclarar sus ideas para el documental, sale todas las noches a caminar, pero realmente se la pasa observando y siguiendo a otras personas de distintos estatus sociales, tal vez buscando con quien empezar a desquitar su ira… O continuar algo siniestro que ya estaba sucediendo y ahora ha decidido no ocultar…

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