Bride of Frank

Steve Ballot—who wrote, produced, directed, shot, and edited—displays an incredible degree of tonal control in this 1996 gross-out that's as cynical as it is celebratory. Frank (Frank Meyer) is a decrepit, breast-obsessed trucker whose nightmares are only slightly less violent than his daily experience. His boss places a personal ad on his behalf that lures women to the company offices, where Frank sleeps on a cot with his small menagerie of stray cats. Effectively intercutting a cat's “reaction” shots with scenarios of sexual and scatological violence that are emotionally convincing despite plenty of obvious prosthetics, Ballot puts an intriguing spin on our reaction to Frank, losing thematic coherence only during a digression into the debauchery of a coworker that isn't filtered through Frank's perspective.

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