Indie Gems: Rhinoceres Eyes
Chep (Michael Pitt) is a socially awkward man living and working in a prop house. The owner, Bundy (Matt Servitto) took him in long ago, and often tries (and fails) to get him out to socialize. He's obviously suffering from some sort of mental illness, and though his co-workers mean and treat him well, they just dismiss it as "stupid." One day, a production coordinator, Fran (Paige Turco) comes in looking for a very specific prop. After Chep secures it for her, she takes advantage of Chep by asking for stranger things. He thinks this means they're in love.
I'm a big Michael Pitt fan, and I've been trying to make my way through his older filmography. This is one of the strangest movies I've ever seen. It's almost like being in a strange carnival house for 90 minutes. Added on to that is the fact that Chep hallucinates some of them moving around, talking to him, all done in a creepy stop motion style.
Pitt is perfect as Chep. It's very different from the other roles he has taken on. The fun house type production fits the tone. It gets weird, but it's supposed to be, and it works.
Memorable Quote: "Buck nutty. Like running amok with an ax or some shit" - Bundy (Matt Servitto)