Tuesday, March 8, 2016

'The Automatic Hate': A 'Romeo and Juliet' Story Turns Incestuous

Director Justin Lerner likes to pitch his effectively eerie family drama "The Automatic Hate" as a combo of Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration" and Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye." A shrieking Dogme95 incest drama meets a Raymond Chandler potboiler? I was intrigued. As a "Romeo and Juliet" incest tale of two cousins who face their mutual attraction, this one has headline-making potential. Writer/director Lerner and co-writer Katharine O'Brien set up a bait-and-switch mystery that then pulls us into the world of an unstable and broken family as their buried grudges of the past come into shattering present-day focus. "Automatic...

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