Ex-Votos | Chicago Reader

Ex-Votos

Todd Verow pursues his interest in marginal and troubled people in his latest digital video, which comprises four vignettes about couples, romantic and otherwise. Each character is caught in some form of trap; those who aren't running in place are locked in downward spirals. A mother's attempt to reconcile with her estranged daughter reaches an ambiguous conclusion; a gay male couple who used to spice up their sex life with scenarios in which one pretended to be a hustler now rehearse breakup scenes; an addled actress clings tenuously to life in retirement. Scenes of these self-absorbed depressives feel like real-life footage of Andy Warhol's superstars minus the glamour. Verow's work is less visually enticing than Warhol's but arguably more honest. 72 min.

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