Roxanne is a beautiful, intelligent, wine-swilling woman with a death wish and
just enough cowardice to constantly prolong her temporal agony. Enter salvation (through
the window) in the form of Louis and Robert, two amateur criminals in search of a
television set. Freaked out by Roxanne's maniacal demand for death in return for
all of her worldly electronics, Louis escapes, leaving his friend and their borrowed
firearms behind. Having lost Louis and faced with Robert's frustrating reluctance
to kill, Roxanne decides on a different tactic. Using various household tools of
torture (candles and lemons among them), she attempts to annoy him into a murderous
rage, but her considerable powers of provocation have altogether different results.
Tonie Perensky is brilliant as the beleaguered suicidee. (No wonder the woman can't
die, she possesses embers that simply can't be snuffed out.) Full of throaty repartee,
dark corners, and gleaming, burnished light, Sanity is a little picture brimming
with unexpected complexity. Austin filmmaker Geneva Fowler, with help from a local
cast and crew, has created a smart, funny, stylish picture with a vintage noir flare.
Velvety, full-bodied and easy to swallow, Sanity packs a fine, tannic acid
wit and a rich, ironic finish. Indulge yourself. You won't regret it.
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