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Butter on the Latch

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Josephine Decker

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About the Movie

Former performance artist Josephine Decker’s stunning debut feature is a deeply subjective, mysterious and erotic portrait of a frantic young woman, Sarah (Sarah Small) who leaves the city for the apparent safety of a Balkan music camp hidden deep in the California woods. Once there she reconnects with a former friend, Isolde (played by Korean-American puppeteer Isolde Chae-Lawrence) and does some hilariously foul- mouthed female bonding – until she finds herself growing attracted to a hunky male camper, Steph (Charlie Hewson). Gradually her already-frayed grip on reality starts to unravel, as cinematographer Ashley Connor’s superb, disorienting camerawork and the swirling Balkan music become darker and more disorienting. Her personality finally shatters in a moment of transcendent violence that causes us to question whether we too have become lost in the deep, impenetrable forest of fear and desire. Part Bergman’s Persona, part early David Lynch, Butter on the Latch is a tour-de-force of intensely visceral filmmaking intercut with moments of serene, startling poetry.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 9
  • Fresh: 7
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Butter on the Latch" thrives on its casually true snapshots of confusion and connection. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Nov 13, 2014

Fresh: Elegant and elliptical, Josephine Decker's psychodrama is a blurring of the line between waking and dream states. – Michael Nordine, Village Voice, Nov 11, 2014

Fresh: The director, Josephine Decker, seems to be filming in a state of permanent sleeplessness; every image and sound has the impulsive energy of a creation wrenched from a void into which she would leap again joyfully. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Nov 10, 2014

Rotten: The film's more overtly observational moments never quite fuse with the more surrealistic passages to convey an organically convincing sense of a mind going on the fritz. – Kenji Fujishima, Slant Magazine, Nov 10, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Butter on the Latch

Josephine Decker’s debut film is not quite as satisfying as her most recent, but it casts a strange and hypnotic spell that manages to be intimate, erotic, horrifying and intense. The film sort of follows a Balkan folk tale, but this is all more about style over substance. Ashley Connor’s cinematography is odd and beautiful.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Independent
  • Released: 2014

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