TANTRUM (2015)

There are a lot of words that can be used to describe Mr Bell’s most recent film, but there is one that I keep using; indescribable. Not narrowly fitting into any real genre or classification (beyond experimental). The story starts with an unnamed man committing suicide in a bathroom and what follows is a 45 minute trip through hellish memories and visions.  Bell does it all in this film and his DIY vigor really pays off as each disturbing set piece is revealed.

Tantrum inhabits the often overlooked world of avant garde and performance art. There is no dialogue and exercises a non linear style that is awesomely perplexing. But, let’s not forget the red stuff. The gore in this film is really great and there are a few scenes that cross all lines and taboos. As unrelatable and alienating this film is, I still think this is a great starting point in the career of James Bell and think this is his most intentional work he has done to date. A lot of folks will hate this movie but the small group that are searching for something truly unique will find it in this film.

4.5/5 STARS

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