The Universe and Me

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Has it got mayonnaise?

Movie: He Died With a Falafel in his Hand. Australian. Based on book of same name by John Birmingham. Full of extremely quirky characters and farcical situations that in real life wouldn’t be humourous, but were in this film. Protagonist Danny, unemployed and wannabe writer who can’t push his writer’s block past one line, shares many different houses with a variety of offbeat, neurotic, pagan, drug addicted or just plain insane roommates who will make any singleton glad to be living alone. I got a kick out of the oft repeated refrain of “you should call your mother.” And so many people in the one house they have to put the Japanese gal in the closet, but they still can’t come up with the rent money. Goofy enough to recommend, but also a little scary. Is this the norm for Aussies?


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