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This Super-8 feature by Boston-area filmmaker Luther Price is at once an essay on failure and a barely coherent mess, its violations of narrative grammar so consistent that they become a statement. An obscure, sub-Warhol melodrama, it intercuts scenes of a woman (Price in unconvincing drag) with scenes of various men (including Price) in disjunct locales, the characters linked only through editing. Shots are repeated throughout: a scissors slashing through space anticipates a murder. Ultimately the characters' isolation and zombielike behavior suggest an inability to connect; the film also reflects on the sadness and inevitable failure of drag. Also showing: Porcelain Ribbon (1995) and In Black and White (1994). 95 min.

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