Ambitious architect Frank wakes up, confused and disorientated, after a celebratory night out he can’t quite remember, to discover his life is well and truly in the toilet. Injured, impaled, trapped in a filthy, blocked porta-potty, on a building site set for demolition, he faces a frantic race against time to free himself, recall how he got there, and rescue his pregnant girlfriend from the sleazy grasp of a corrupt local politician.
Grimmfest Says: A crowd-pleasing combination of scabrous satire, claustrophobic tension, wince-inducing violence, and broad, bawdy scatological humour, Lukas Rinker’s outrageous, uncomfortable, and deeply twisted black comedy pressure cooker thriller starts off as it means to go on – right up in your face – and stays there, never relenting or relaxing for a minute. The set up, in which the injured protagonist must call upon all of his resourcefulness to escape a cramped, confined space recalls the similarly inventive trapped-in-a-car scenario of Grimmfest 2018(?) favourite 4X4, but taken to greater, grosser, more grotesque extremes in a more… lavatorial location. Bursting with style, wit, and narrative inventiveness, it balances broad, brash, laugh-out-loud humour and gleeful cartoonishness with a breakneck-paced, white-knuckle race-against-time plot, and throws in some deft digs at corrupt local government, well-meaning environmentalists, and exploitative employment practices along the way. Beautifully played by Thomas Niehaus as the hapless Frank, and Gedeon Burkhard as the gleefully hateful and self-serving Mayor Horst (the kind of role that Ray Wise will be first in line for should the Americans ever remake this), it’s likely to be one of the talking points of the festival. We shit you not.
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