David Wissak

David Wissak

David Wissak Quick Links

Film RSS

Twentynine Palms (2003) Review


Extraordinary
An American photographer (David Wissak) and his Russian girlfriend (Katia Golubeva, Pola X) drift through the Southern California desert scouting for an upcoming photo shoot. Passing through vast landscapes of twisted Joshua Trees and highways, there's a profound sense of isolation and vulnerability, as though forces much larger than they are will be closing in on them. Of course, Bruno Dumont hasn't crafted a traditional horror film where a monster lurks behind the jagged rocks -- though comparisons to The Hills Have Eyes and Duel may prove appropriate to viewers patient enough to endure this stark, slow ride into peril.

The true horror emerges between David and Katia, whose relationship ebbs and flows between fierce arguments and fleeting reconciliations. Their frequent sex scenes imply desperation, as David moves in on Katia like a predator during a swimming pool encounter and lets out anguished shrieks at the moment of climax. Being in a relationship has been described by some as an act of will, and this couple's resolve is consuming them and soon to overtake them. The horror of Twentynine Palms is existential, which is to say, "What it means to exist." These characters, so private in their pain and fleeting joy, have to share the same space, and it threatens to drive them mad.

Continue reading: Twentynine Palms (2003) Review

David Wissak

David Wissak Quick Links

Film RSS
Advertisement

Suggested

HBO's CEO Is Excited By 'Game Of Thrones' Spinoffs

HBO's CEO Is Excited By 'Game Of Thrones' Spinoffs

There are currently five separate teams working on 'Game of Thrones' projects at HBO.

Pink Looks Starstruck As She Appears On Stage With Guns N' Roses

Pink Looks Starstruck As She Appears On Stage With Guns N' Roses

She's a big fan of the band and this week she got to perform with them.

Foo Fighters Collect Fan Art

Foo Fighters Collect Fan Art

Foo Fighters collect ''weird'' fan art. The 'Run' hitmakers are particularly fond of the pieces they are sent which are a ''little off'' and put them...

David Wissak Movies

Twentynine Palms (2003) Movie Review

Twentynine Palms (2003) Movie Review

An American photographer (David Wissak) and his Russian girlfriend (Katia Golubeva, Pola X) drift through...

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.