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Damsel

In this fantasy western from Austin brothers David and Nathan Zellner (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter), Robert Pattinson, affecting a turrible western accent, stars as young Samuel Alabaster, who arrives in a one-horse town searching for the bandits who kidnapped his sweetheart. Robert Forster, who must have been available for only a day, contributes an introductory cameo as a minister headed back east in defeat after trying to convert the Indians. "Things are gonna be shitty in new and interestin' ways," he advises a fresh arrival to the Wild West, and his words might as well be the directors' statement: when Samuel first rolls in, the locals invite him to a get-acquainted gangbang, and an impromptu yodeling concert accompanies the hanging of the town drunk for the crimes of "skullduggery, skullthuggery, and skullbuggery." A midmovie plot twist hands the narrative over to Mia Wasikowska as the sweetheart, and her committed performance seems out of place in this extended goof.

Credits

Directors:

  • David Zellner
  • Nathan Zellner

Cast:

  • Robert Pattinson
  • Mia Wasikowska
  • David Zellner
  • Nathan Zellner
  • Robert Forster
  • Joseph Billingiere
  • Morgan Lund
  • Ray Kelleher

Producers:

  • Nathan Zellner
  • David Zellner
  • Chris Ohlson
  • Jim Reeve
  • Robert Halmi

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