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There are so many curves and anomalies in this unpredictable and at times cryptic low-budget independent feature, made by Chicago actor Michael Gilio, that I'm tempted to call it an experimental film masquerading as something more conventional. If it's a comedy--and I'm not sure it is--there are far too many close-ups, though this is very much an actors' film (and a showcase for the four leads). If it's a road film--and I'm not sure it is--it never gets very far on any given route, though that's surely deliberate. At times I wondered if I were watching something akin to a James Purdy novel--or a story by Franz Kafka. Two characters (played by Gilio and Bullet on a Wire's Lara Phillips) are opaque--they meet at a convenience store where she's shoplifting, then go on a cross-country trip toward LA, until things start to get weird--and two (played by Karin Anglin and the charismatic Rich Komenich) have back stories. The movie is about the interactions between these characters, and though I'm still trying to figure out what all the pieces mean, there's no way I can shake off the experience. 111 min. Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Friday, October 11, 7:00 and 9:00; Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, and 9:00; and Monday through Thursday, October 14 through 17, 7:00 and 9:00; 773-281-4114.

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