klutz: Review

klutz: Review

By day first-time novelist Zowie (Malka Wallick) tramps from agent to editor, trying to have the children’s book published, replacing the novel she was supposed to have been writing: The physics of the universe are guided by many forces. “Kid’s won’t like this, it’s sad” they tell her. In Zowie’s case, one or more of those forces is letting her down. Gravity. The one she needs in order to stay upright, despite experiencing debilitating grief.  The magic realism in Elizabeth Narciso’s script takes us between dream and reality, the desire we have to have one more moment with the absent person, to talk to them, touch them, feel their presence. And every time Zowie falls down, her sister Lida (Mara Kassin) arrives, in this liminal dream state, taking care of her, instructing her: “I miss you. You’ve got this. Got what? Life”. 

The forces of the universe – magnetic, gravity and frictional – the things that mean we get up, stay up, experience tides, clash with people, love and move. Narciso has found the perfect way of describing the inevitable loss that we will all feel at some point. The one that takes time to recover from. How long? Nobody knows. Finally, Zowie, meets the right agent, who tells her “It’s okay to be good, you’ve got this”. A reassurance as well as a reminder to explore how we choose to hold onto people, things and ideas about ourselves. 

Prolific director Michelle Bossy (Under the Lantern Lit Sky, as well as two more films in 2022) has achieved a rare feat, combining a space-time-continuum into a non-linear structure using dark humour and irony, and it works. Officially selected in many mainstream festivals, this is the first film from producer Girl Gang Productions (a girl-centric production collective), run by Elizabeth Narciso and Malka Wallick. 

klutz. will be showing at the following film festival and it has been announced as a FInalist at the New York International Women Festival as well!

Imagine This Women’s Film Festival – Virtual – Sep 24- Oct 3

Detroit SheTown Film Festival – Virtual – Oct 1-3

Female Filmmakers Berlin: – Live – Oct 6-10

LA Femme – Virtual – Oct 14- 17

Soho International Film Festival – Virtual – Nov 4-9 

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An Australian who has spent most of her adult life in Paris, Louise is a sometime photographer, documentary-maker, writer, researcher, day-dreamer and interviewer, who prefers to start the day at the local cinema’s 9am session.


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