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Frontier (2001)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 9 March 2001 (USA)
After their feature debut PLASTIC UTOPIA was deemed too strange by most festival programmers, the brothers Zellner responded like any truly independent, outsider filmmakers would: by making... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wiley Wiggins ... Soldier
David Zellner ... Officer
Nathan Zellner ... Loner
Stephanie Wilson Stephanie Wilson ... Soldier's WIfe
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After their feature debut PLASTIC UTOPIA was deemed too strange by most festival programmers, the brothers Zellner responded like any truly independent, outsider filmmakers would: by making something even stranger. Filtering Soviet propaganda through a mouthful of powerful East Texas psychedelics, the unblinkingly straight-faced FRONTIER ostensibly adapts a "literary masterpiece" from the nation of "Bulbovia," dutifully capturing the Bulbovian people's rituals of frontier building, national conquest, accordion-based folk songs and raw-chicken duels. Strangers in a strange land, Bulbovia's dimmest explorers (David Zellner and Wiley Wiggins) attempt to dutifully colonize a new world but soon find their buttoned-up shirts and rational thoughts melting away into beetle-eating, tree-molesting, wife-swapping chaos. Like a Guy Maddin remake of AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD or STALKER's metaphysical "zone" as day-dreamed by some drunken Austin-ite, FRONTIER takes classic art-film tropes and ...

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9 March 2001 (USA) See more »

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Strange, but sooo original, smart and funny.
24 August 2001 | by KellyXSee all my reviews

Strange, but sooo original, smart and funny. I saw Frontier at SXSW 2001 and it just killed me. I loved it. It takes a bit of patience at first, along with a brain, but was so very worth it. I don't know where you can find the film but if so you should definitely check it out!


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