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Monday, June 21, 2010

All My Friends Are Funeral Singers DVD Review

All My Friends Are Funeral Singers DVD Review



Synopsis: Zel is a fortune teller. She works out of her century-old house removing clients' aches and pains, advising gamblers, and channeling cranky spirits for a quick check in with their loved ones. Zel is very good at her chosen profession, but also receives some unique assistance. For as long as she can remember she has shared her home with a group of ghosts -- a priest, a bride, a mute child, some washed up vaudevillians and a noisy, sight-impaired group of musicians, who pass on incredible knowledge and abilities from beyond the world of the living. All goes on at the family homestead as it has for generations, until a mysterious light appears in the woods. The ghosts suddenly realize they are trapped, and forge a rebellion, tormenting Zel with all the aggravation and insanity they can muster. And when Zel uncovers the origins of these spirits, she is forced to choose between her comfortable if strange existence and letting go of the only family she has ever known

Review: We're really into independant films here at the Legion.  The newly to DVD feature "All My Friends Are Funeral Singers" is a fine example of what the indie film movement can produce.   The film is dark in its appearance and feel, but director Tim Rutili does manage to infuse elements of comedy at times.

This film follows a haunted fortune teller named Zel, masterfully portrayed by Angela Bettis, and in another storyline the ghosts that haunt her.  This could've been a grave error, but instead its handled with such respect and grace that you honestly find yourself forgetting how absurd the concept is and you buy right into both the story and characters.  If you're looking for something different and engaging, this film is for you.

Interest Range: Indie Films, Dark Humor, Drama