2019 | DIR: ADAM B STEIN &ZACH LIPOVSKY | STARS: EMILE HIRSCH, BRUCE DERN, LEXY KOLKER | REVIEW BY GLENN COCHRANE.
Directors/writers Adam B. Stein and Zach Lipovsky have created a film that is so multilayered that I am legitimately mystified over how to review it. It’s the everlasting gobstopper effect, where new flavours are revealed in every other scene, each one more tasty than the last, until you reach that delicious fizzy reward at the end. In fact their film is so heavily paved with revelations that I have already resorted to candy metaphors to avoid inevitable spoilers.
Freaks tells the story of 8-year-old Chloe (Lexy Kolker) and her dad (Emile Hirsch), who live in squalor in a decrepit boarded-up house at a time when the world is in a state of unrest. Television news reports in the background inform us that a major event took place 10 years ago, and that a significant portion of the population has become dangerous. Chloe has spent her entire life in hiding, unsure whether her dad’s reasons are real or fabricated. Meanwhile, an old ice-cream man, Mr. Snowcone (Bruce Dern), sits outside their house trying to lure Chloe to his truck.