Calvin Lee Reeder
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Leaving behind a desultory and possibly abusive existence, a beautiful farm girl, known only as The Oregonian (Lindsay Pulsipher), rushes headlong into an unknown future. Her getaway is cut short when she rams her car into an embankment. Shocked and confused, The Oregonian walks away either trying to flee the scene or looking for help. She walks toward the way she came and is turned around by a mysterious bright beacon and an ear-splittingly high-pitched beeping sound. She is then forced to confront her situation as she discovers a horrific scene back at her vehicle. Distraught, The Oregonian heads toward the direction she was going....and into a world she barely recognizes.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 8
- Fresh: 4
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 4.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: "The Oregonian" teases us with horror and amnesia-mystery conventions without sealing the deal either way.
Rotten: Reeder shows a knack for unsettling audiovisual textures, but once it's clear The Oregonian will offer no real storyline or explanations, viewer patience wears thin.
Fresh: Writer-director Calvin Lee Reeder, making his feature debut, isn't interested in satisfying the conventional expectations of an audience.
Fresh: Advocates of bad-trip cinema, you may commence cult-worshipping this warped nightmare now.
Originally when I saw this at the Sundance Film Festival this past year, I hated it. I went in there thinking this would have a solid plot and well written narrative about a woman in the woods of Oregon. It wasn't that at all. After speaking with fellow awe-struck friends about the film and it's underlying themes, I found a cerebral beauty and experimental charm in this film. It should not be thought of as any type of narrative, one must go in knowing this is an experimental film with no linear plot. Only then will you enjoy this film. I very much recommend this film for the true independent campy film fan.
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This is truly a fresh batch of strange. Love it or hate it, this film works on its own terms.