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Rated NR · 93 minutes · 2010

Quirkiness is a bit like Tourette's syndrome: once everybody has it, nobody does. Indie cinema officially reaches that saturation point with this hushed, slow-dripping drama by writer-director Matt McCormick. It centers on three sensitive mopes in Portland, Oregon: a timid wannabe actor (James Mercer), a clerk in a thrift store (Renee Roman Nose) who's obsessed with returning the cremated remains she's found in a donated urn to someone who'll care, and a staffer in a dog rescue shelter (Carrie Brownstein) who dreams of getting on a reality TV show and does creative stuff like make hats from giant teddy bear heads. Matthew Cooper's woozy, intrusive score shakes you down for empathy like a passive-aggressive panhandler.
Director: Matt McCormick
Producer: David Cress, Neil Kopp and Matt McCormick
Cast: Carrie Brownstein, James Mercer, Renee Nose, David Wodehouse, Erin McGarry and Aubree Bernier-Clarke

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