Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Duffer (1971)

Directed by Joseph Despins
My rating: 1.5 stars out of 4
(Blu-ray, BFI)

Down and out London teenager spends his time between an abusive older man and a friendly prostitute. One day the man decides he wants a child so rapes him. His belly gets big and he appears to be pregnant, but when he goes into labor there is no child. So, he snatches one from a little girl on the streets, but is not sure if it is real or a doll. More tragedy follows. Low budget hampers this strange little black and white film from Britain. It's basically a silent movie: the sound was added post production and consists mainly of thoughts with dialogue poorly synched and exaggerated. Similar in feel to the underground films of Doris Wishman, and not any better.

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