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Paradox Lake (2002)

  Starring: Jessica Fuchs, Matt Wolf
Links: Paradox Lake on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 6.00 (1 rating)
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"Refreshingly different" - a review by pearly

I sometimes think that it's a bit of a shame that movies that don't have the benefit of millions of dollars behind them don't get seen by many people. Low-budget flicks often have just as much appeal in their storylines as blockbusters do; sometimes more. With Paradox Lake, it's clear from the first that the movie is working within some boundaries. It's dogma-esque in style, with some sections obviously filmed on the run without the use of a steadycam.

But what Paradox Lake does have is a unique story, some stunning visuals, and a sense of realness. It's about a young guy named Matt (Matt Wolf) who's a bit directionless, so he goes to a summer camp for autistic children to becomes a camp leader. The movie shows his interactions with both other leaders and the children themselves - in particular, a girl named Jessica (Jessica Fuchs) with whom he forms a special bond.

The story has all the elements of a major motion-picture; romance, suspense, character development, conflict, and more. And, set in the beautiful country-side, there's lots to look at. It is well-paced, but, as mentioned before, feels more real than most films (probably in part because some of the cast are actually autistic children).

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not claiming that this is the best thing I've seen since "Sliced Bread: The Movie". Paradox Lake is not particularly spectacular, in my opinion. But what does make it stand out is that it's different. It looks different to most films, and it's about different things. Also, I have a bit of a special interest in autism, so I think that made the film more interesting for me on another level.

So, I guess that if you're tired of the same old stuff, and you don't mind a bit of jerky camera-work, you wouldn't do too badly giving this a watch.

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 23 Aug 2002

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Reader comments

  1. A stimulating, inspiration-fuel kind of movie that artists will find delicious. If you like a movie that gets the gears turning, (through a lovely variety of cinemegraphic styles, weird creepy-beautiful symbols scattered through a realistic world, and curiosity-inducing perspectives on autism) then this movie will make you want to make art.

    Rating given: 8

    A comment from Ari on Mon 06 Jun 2005 08:20 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 8.00 (1 rating)

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