Maladies

Dir.: Carter | United States 2012 | 96 min

A family drama of the more outlandish kind. Set in a strange mix of 1950s and -60s USA, 'Maladies' is the second collaboration of the American visual artist Carter with James Franco (the first one, the rarely screened 'Erased James Franco' can also be seen at this year's festival). Franco here plays the role of the mentally unstable former actor James, who hears voices and also thinks that his career as a writer is just about to take off. His everyday life in a small suburban villa is shared with his no less special sister, Patricia, and the painter Catherine, who is a thorn in the side of the community as she loves dressing like a man. Only supported by their neighbour, an elderly gentleman, who harbours a secret crush on James, we follow everyday life in this far from normal home. With fabulous performances by the trio James (James Franco), Catherine (Catherine Keener) and Patricia (Fallon Goodson), 'Maladies' is a subtly told comedy with a sting - about the eccentrics of society and our ways of dealing with them.

Original Title
Maladies
Country
United States
Release Year
2012
Duration
96 min.
Directors
Carter
Producer
Vince Jolivette, Miles Levy, Marni Zelnick, Jeff Most, Jeff Rice
Script
Cast
James Franco, Catherine Keener, Fallon Goodson, David Straithairn, Alan Cumming
Camera
Doug Chamberlain
Editor
Curtiss Clayton
Music
J. Ralph
Production Company
RabbitBandini Productions, Dot Dot Dot Productions, Stardust Pictures, Most Films, Jeff Rice Films
Version
English Version
Tempo
6
Thrills
5
Sighs
7
Laughs
6
Look
7
Food for thought
8