...intrigue or infuriate you.
For the FrICTION film project, director Cullen Hoback has taken a real-life couple and written a script for them. The script? Well, the story has a student come between the couple and, that's right, cause some friction.
The film is composed of scenes shot for the scripted movie and mixed with documentary footage of so-called rehearsals and real-time, real-life everyday proceedings. In a way priding itself on developing a project that has broken the lines between the intended fiction and the reality involved, the film's website claims that it "nearly went unfinished due to a moral dilemma."
That's not much of a surprise. Filmmaker Hoback considers FrICTION as part of the "Fourthwall Cinema" movement, whose premise is that "the process of making the film alters the lives of those involved." Paper Heart and The Blair Witch Project are noted as other Fourthwall contemporaries.
Check out the trailer after the jump.
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It's disconcerting that this project came to fruition in the first place, and it's equally appalling that a couple would decide to participate. It seems a shameful manipulation of the emotions of those involved. It brings to mind Neil LaBute's play and film, The Shape of Things, where Rachel Weiss's character single-handedly overturns and destroys the life of Paul Rudd's character for her MFA thesis project.
But, of course, it's intriguing because in the classic tradition of American sadism, we want to know what happens. And when FrICTION comes out September 24th, we'll see if this film project, or experiment, was worth it.