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A young director, shooting a feature about an “anorexic ghost” who haunts the patients of a mental hospital, is forced to rewrite the script when her investors call for “more grisly murders” and “Siamese twins.” In part a satire of the low-budget film industry (there's a funny montage of bad-actress auditions), this video by Karen Klopfenstein and Katherine Brooks also examines the instability of sexual identity: at one point the director claims to be straight, but she has sex mostly with women, in dark, fuzzy scenes whose intercutting destabilizes the space. These scenes also underline another theme, the difficulty of finding love in a world swamped by superficial images. Using music and handheld camera, Klopfenstein and Brooks maintain a lively if irregular pace that's appropriate to their multiple ideas.

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