The Living Wake
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"The Living Wake" is a dark comedy set in a timeless storybook universe. Self-proclaimed artist and genius, K. Roth Binew (Mike O'Connell), has one day to live. He has enlisted his best and only friend, Mills Joquin (Jesse Eisenberg), to take him around on a bicycle powered rickshaw. In a final attempt to probe life's deepest mysteries, Binew endures one ridiculous trial after the next. He concludes his day with a final performance, his living wake. On a makeshift stage in an open field, Binew's friends and enemies gather to witness his madness one final time.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

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"In all, it's a peculiar piece of absurdist entertainment that occupies a singular niche in American indie cinema."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Strains to accommodate its daft premise and pontificating lead."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Funny, touching, insane, ridiculous and brilliant are just a few words I would use to describe "The Living Wake." Films like this need to be seen so seek it out, you'll be glad you did."
‑ Don R. Lewis, Film Threat
"A small, peculiar film with a big, grating personality, The Living Wake is like a party crasher at an intimate gathering, momentarily intriguing and difficult to forget, but mostly for the wrong reasons."
‑ Janos Gereben, Entertainment Insiders
"A refreshingly original, well-acted and delightfully bizarre amalgamation of comedy, satire, drama and tragedy that's often amusing and unpredictable, but lacks a genuinely poignant emotional core."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"In the end, however, pic defies all categorization, joining a small pantheon of pics including "Withnail & I" and Peter Greenaway's "Drowning byNumbers" that whistle past the graveyard with aplomb."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"This is a terminally whimsical vanity project that would probably have been a chore to sit through even in its original intended format, a 20-minute stage monologue."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"An out-of-the-blue delight...I found (central character K. Roth) Binew to be inspiring and damn funny in his lack of a psychological/vocal filter."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"we get the sense that O'Connell is having all the fun, leaving the rest of us to suffer through the indulgences of this aggressively awful comedy"
‑ Jay Antani, Moving Pictures Magazine
"So insistently irritating and so consistently lacking in laughs that Sol Tryon's alleged comedy quickly becomes an exercise in exhaustion."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"Sol Tryon's The Living Wake seems but a protracted act of stultifying self-indulgence -- but then maybe that's the point."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Wes Anderson has much to answer for."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"An alienating experience up until the final fifteen minutes when, during the titular ceremony, it suddenly seems loveable-like an annoyingly oafish pup that won't stop nuzzling until you break down and scratch its belly."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"For some reason, despite the constant breaking of the fourth wall, O'Connell thinks we'll care about the twerpy Binew and find his demise moving."
‑ Adam Lippe, Examiner.com
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