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Bellflower (2011)

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Two friends spend all their free time building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa".

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Evan Glodell

Writer:

Evan Glodell
5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Glodell Evan Glodell ... Woodrow
Jessie Wiseman Jessie Wiseman ... Milly
Tyler Dawson ... Aiden
Rebekah Brandes ... Courtney
Vincent Grashaw ... Mike
Zack Kraus Zack Kraus ... Elliot
Keghan Hurst Keghan Hurst ... Sarah
Alexandra Boylan ... Mad Dog's Waitress
Bradshaw Pruitt Bradshaw Pruitt ... Mad Dog's Bartender
Brian Thomas Evans ... Dirty Trucker
Britta Jacobellis Britta Jacobellis ... Neighbor With Dogs
Ceaser Flores Ceaser Flores ... Scary Guy at Party
Chris Snyder ... Tattoo Guy
Dan Dulle Dan Dulle ... Motorcycle Owner
Jon Huck ... John Huck
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Storyline

Bellflower follows two friends as they venture out into the world to begin their adult lives. Literally all their free time is spent building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa". While waiting for the world to end, their call to excitement comes unexpectedly when one of them meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love. Quickly integrated into a new group of friends, they set off on a journey of betrayal, love, hate, infidelity and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies. Often life's simplest and most obvious truths are the hardest to see, but once you've burned everything to the ground it may be the only thing left standing. Written by Coatwolf Productions

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A love story with apocalyptic stakes.

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Action | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ariza aşk See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,279, 7 August 2011

Gross USA:

$168,226

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$172,935
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Coatwolf Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Evan Glodell and Tyler Dawson, now old friends, originally met in 2003 after Evan saw him in a small play and cast him as the role of Aiden. The early version of the film was to be shot on a camcorder, mostly inside Evan's small apartment. Five years later, after an attempt to make Bellflower and working on many other projects (and at one point becoming roommates), they finally returned to the original purpose of their meeting when the current version of Bellflower went into production in 2008. See more »

Goofs

After they arrive at the birthday party, Milly hands Woodrow a bottle, the camera cuts, and she hands him the bottle again. See more »

Quotes

Milly: Dude, it's like a James Bond car for drunks!
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In the credit for "MEDUSA CAR RESSURECTION AND SUPERCHARGING," "resurrection" is misspelled. See more »

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References Mad Max (1979) See more »

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Mad Max Slackers
19 September 2011 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. This film is for all you kids out there who fantasize of a post-apocalyptic world in which you rule thanks to your killer muscle cars, hand-crafted flame throwers and total lack of dependence on society. You also treat bourbon as a major food group. If this describes you, please stay away from me ... and rush out to see this Sundance Festival favorite.

In the old days of radio, college stations would play what were known as "deep cuts". These songs were treats for the biggest fans of that artist and allowed everyone else to get a taste of a song that wasn't created to be a hit single. Bellflower is the movie equivalent of a deep cut ... filmed on a (broken) shoestring budget with driving force Evan Glodell as writer, director and lead actor. Glodell has a real feel for visual statements but I so hope his outlook on life is much brighter than the film projects.

Woodrow (Glodell) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson) are best friends and transplants to L.A. from Wisconsin. They come across as having ceased psychologically maturing at about age 15, though they are in their 20's now. Their whole world is tied to this poor neighborhood where they waste each day by boozing incessantly and planning their next flame thrower or souped-up muscle car. This is done with the intention of protecting them should the world turn into the deserted landscape seen in the Mad Max movies, which they admit to having seen way too many times.

As destructive plans are apt to do, theirs hits a speed bump when Woodrow meets Milly (Jessie Wiseman) during a cricket eating contest. What a great story to tell your grandkids! Anyway, Milly and Woodrow seem to be soul mates initially, but then things get complicated. Aiden is a very loyal friend and quite charming when he sets his mind to it. He stands by his friend through some staggeringly bad luck.

This isn't a movie that necessarily follows a traditional story arc. Heck, it begins by showing a scattershot montage of things to come (we assume) and none of it is particularly cheery. The ending is such that it's a web of "maybe" endings that allow us to determine just where the visions end and reality takes over.

It's no mystery why critics were so enamored with this one at Sundance. At times it plays like a student film project for a young Tarantino. Or maybe an early Kevin Smith movie, if he were ever addicted to explosions. That is meant as a compliment. Continuity is lacking on purpose and the rawness of the production comes across quite clearly and with power. Mr. Glodell will undoubtedly be given a budget larger than a credit card next time to see just what he is capable of. I for one, will be rooting for him ... just keep him away from me please!


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