Buster's Mal Heart | Chicago Reader

Buster's Mal Heart

98 minutes 2017

This peculiar indie drama scores points for originality and impressive performances, though it's elusive in its design and feels unsatisfying on the whole. Writer-director Sarah Adina Smith intercuts between two narrative strands. In the first, a hotel concierge (Rami Malek), raising a two-year-old daughter with his devout Christian wife (Kate Lyn Sheil), starts to lose his grip on reality after he befriends a nomadic computer engineer (DJ Qualls) who believes the collapse of civilization is imminent. In the second, a hermit living in the woods of Montana (Malek again) sustains himself during the winter by breaking into vacation homes of the upper class and taking their belongings. Smith maintains a compelling air of mystery and introduces some interesting themes about self-determination and social organization; however, the various pieces don't quite add up, and Smith's attempts at humor aren't especially funny.


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