Back Against the Wall
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Midwest experimental filmmaker James Fotopoulos employs his grim cinematic style for Back Against the Wall. Levey (Martin Shannon) lives in a harshly lit apartment decorated with mostly cardboard boxes. Waiting for his girlfriend June (Debbie Mulcahy) to return, he plays chess, reads books, and meets with his friend Ed (Ernie E. Frantz). When Levey is unresponsive to her underwear modeling show for him, she leaves him for Vince (Michael Wexler), which leads the film into a strange mix of pornography and violence. Following a sexually fueled costume party in a farmhouse, Vince is beaten up by… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although made on a shoestring and unevenly acted, conjures a Lynch-like vision of the rotting underbelly of Middle America."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A masterpiece of urban dread, relationships, and identity crisis."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Film Festival Today
"If ... you're the adventurous sort, check it out."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"An odd drama set in the world of lingerie models and bar dancers in the Midwest that held my interest precisely because it didn't try to."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The strongest Fotopoulos I've seen."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"This is an undeniably intriguing film from an adventurous young talent who finds his inspiration on the fringes of the American underground."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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