Film review: Lawrence & Holloman is a richly dark film

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A scene from the movie Lawrence & Holloman.

Lawrence & Holloman captures Morris Panych’s trademark existential angst about life, love and death, tempered with a dark sense of humour.

2014 UPDATE:  Lawrence & Holloman will receive its theatrical release in Vancouver on July 18-25 at the Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street).  Tickets and information available at http://www.viff.org.

Adapted from Panych’s stage play of the same name, Lawrence & Holloman is the story of the pessimistic and ignored Holloman who meets the idiot and optimistic Lawrence.  A lucky penny found in an elevator is the catalyst for change as Lawrence is beset with a string of cruel bad luck, while Holloman starts to man-up.

The philosophical angst is made palatable with the rich humour and the appealing performances by Ben Cotton as Lawrence with his egotistical malapropisms and Daniel Arnold’s sarcastic slow burn as Holloman.

The situations the men find themselves in are absurd and gross, but as they rage and debate on the meaning of life and death something remarkable happens amidst the chaos. The story starts to resonate in your heart and when the dust settles this richly dark film may very well force you re-examine your perspective.

David C JonesDavid C. Jones is an arts lover and a critical thinker. He makes films, directs plays, teaches, is a professional emcee and writes for the OUTtv website and The Charlebois Post.

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