The Guatemalan Handshake
The Guatemalan Handshake (2006)

A demolition derby driver (Will Oldham) has vanished into the darkness following a massive power outage, setting into motion a bizarre series of events that will profoundly effect everyone from his pregnant girlfriend to a troupe of roving… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 22, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

On the index of quirk, this winsome indie scores quite high.

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Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This sweet nothing has invention and personality to spare, not to mention marvelous mysteries, quirky connections and cockeyed running gags.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

An understated, surrealist comedy that is more successful at being weird than funny.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Although Rohal's goal seems to be a rich character study, the movie works best as a celebration of small-town Americana that persists well into the 21st century.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Deliberately quirky almost to the point of distraction, this offbeat comedy is an enjoyably puzzling film.

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Robert Koehler

A frustrating example of convention-defying filmmaking that tries too hard to be different.

Doug Brunell
Film Threat

An entertaining and visually exciting film. It has an oddly meandering pace that is riddled with quirky characters in weird situations.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
After her boyfriend goes missing a pregnant woman with dozens of sisters all from different mothers enters a demolition derby against her Guatemalan father...… More
Curtis Lilly
Although it tries hard to be strange, it certainly is. Reminded me of Gummo, but slightly less white trash, and the with the cast of Vernon, Florida. Fun… More
Walter M.
In "The Guatemalan Handshake," Donald(Will Oldham) disappears during a power outage. Two weeks later, his girlfriend Sadie(Sheila Scullin) asks to… More