The Plagiarists

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    The Plagiarists

    Directed by

    USA

    2019

    76 min

    • English

    Drama

    It’s winter and Anna and Tyler have broken down on their way home to Philadelphia, as if the young couple didn’t have enough to bicker about already. A passer-by named Clip comes to their aid and they end up staying over at his house. The encounter starts out awkward, apparently even hip city folks struggle to act normally around African-Americans, although Clip can’t be all that sketchy if he knows their friend Alison. Yet they’re also fascinated by the middle-aged man, Tyler by his camcorder collection and Anna by his eloquence, as he’s a wannabe filmmaker and she’s a wannabe novelist, even if neither pay the bills. The couple are amusingly self-absorbed, but far from inarticulate, prattling away about Justin Bieber, Karl Ove Knausgård, 9/11, Dogme 95. Film and literature are never far away, whether on that winter night or a sunny afternoon with Alison the following summer, does writing only resonate when it’s authentic or is it fine to put words in people’s mouths, do movies shot on video, as is this one, automatically keep things real? Anna is scandalised to realise that Clip’s anecdotes weren’t what they seemed, but then what is these days? Certainly not films like this.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Michael „Clip“ Payne
    Lucy Kaminsky
    Eamon Monaghan
    Emily Davis
    Screenplay
    James N. Kienitz Wilkins
    Robin Schavoir
    Cinematography
    James N. Kienitz Wilkins
    Music
    Pond5
    Production
    THE AUTOMATIC MOVING CO.

    Press

    A very small-screen-friendly, enjoyable way to spend 76 economical minutes exploring heady ideas that may be referential and self-aware, but that clearly aren’t stolen from anyone.

    Jessica Kiang, Variety

    Peter Parlow

    Peter Parlow

    USA

    Peter Parlow was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He works as a director, writer, musician and stock photographer.