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Friday, June 3, 2011

Local Film with Local Talent:
Contractor's Routine Opens at the Lumiere

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 8:00 AM


We love it when local talent gets a big break, and Contractor's Routine is a big example. The psychological thriller was shot in San Francisco. All the cast except Tom Sizemore is local. And it starts a one-week run at the Lumiere tonight (Friday) after having earned a spot on one reviewer's top 10 list at the Buffalo Niagra Film Festival last year. What's it about? Watch the trailer above and read on.

Jacob (Kevin Giffin) is in a bit of a jam.
  • Jacob (Kevin Giffin) is in a bit of a jam.
Jacob Borschevsky has big-time rage issues. A mother chatting on the phone and ignoring her crying infant or a hardware store clerk innocently punching in the wrong price on the register throws the square-jawed carpenter into a murderous frenzy. The only thing stopping the tormented protagonist of indie filmmaker Yuri Tsapayev's brainteaser is his inquisitive sidekick, Esau. (Nice to know someone other than the Coen brothers reads the Old Testament.)

What's truly worrisome, we realize soon enough, is that Esau is a(nother) figment of Jacob's demented imagination. The occasional bursts of violence and sex notwithstanding, Contractor's Routine is more concerned with talk than action -- ideas rather than drama. There are ongoing philosophical discussions between Jacob (the appropriately intense Kevin Giffin) and Esau (a droll Richard Frederick, supplying a welcome touch of levity) about such deep subjects as creation vs. destruction and illusion vs. reality. These turn the film at times into My Dinner with Andre in a rolling pickup truck.

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