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Stuck


Sponsored by: Sympatico.MSN

Montreal Premiere

WINNER: Silver Raven, Brussels International Film Festival
WINNER: Staff Prize, San Francisco Indiefest

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“Inspired by a real-life incident so bizarre it's already been referenced in a LAW & ORDER episode, STUCK is ingeniously nasty and often shockingly funny” – Joey Leydon, VARIETY

“Fresh, daring, hilarious and freaking violent. This is one of Gordon’s best films… period” – John Fallon, ARROW IN THE HEAD

“An excruciatingly funny and dark film that surprises as much as it shocks. You almost feel like apologizing afterwards for having watched it, but you cannot deny how hugely entertaining Gordon’s film is” – Andrew Mack, TWITCH

Credits

Director: Stuart Gordon
Screenplay: Stuart Gordon, John Strysik
Cast: Mena Suvari, Stephen Rea, Russel Hornsby, Rukiya Bernard, Carolyn Purdy Gordon
Producers: Christian Arnold-Beutel, Sam Grana, Mena Suvari
Distributor: Seville

Description

Tom (Stephen Rea) used to be a successful man. Today, Tom is having a bad day. A bad day in a year full of bad days. And on this day, Tom finds himself joining the ranks of the homeless. Brandi (Mena Suvari) is a young nurse in a retirement home. She’s also having a bad day, filled with unpleasant chores and an even less pleasant manager who bullies her into agreeing to work on the weekend. To blow off steam, Brandi goes to a club and gets hammered on pills and booze. Meanwhile, Tom gets berated by a cop for sleeping on a park bench and is forced to go elsewhere... anywhere. Brandi stumbles into her car to race home and it’s at this time that her bad day and Tom’s bad day collide—literally. Tom crosses a street looking for a place to sleep and Brandi accidentally plows right into him, showering the asphalt in a torrent of blood and broken glass. Tom is now a grisly mess embedded in Brandi’s windshield. Nonetheless, he is still very much alive. Just... stuck. If this gets out, her life may well be ruined. Too scared to bring Tom to a hospital, Brandi simply drives home with the writhing man smashed partially through her windshield. She’ll figure something out later. Everyone’s bad day has just gotten a hell of a lot worse.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe and you will absolutely be shocked. Yes, Stuart Gordon is back! From RE-ANIMATOR to EDMOND, Gordon’s work has consistently provoked in the most unconventional and extreme ways. Wait until you see what he’s done now. Loosely based on an actual crime (Gordon fictionalized certain matters to allow for a hugely radical last act), STUCK is a jet-black social satire that mercilessly drives spikes through our self-centered culture of unaccountability. That it’s an outlandishly entertaining time in spite of being loaded with cruelty seems perfectly suited for a violent dissection of morality. Gordon is the rare example of a unique and confrontational filmmaker who hasn’t lost a shred of edge over a decades-long career.

—Mitch Davis