Directed by Mike Brune
As a member of Missing Persons unit, Detective Skok realizes the first 72 hours are the most critical in any investigation. When a young boy goes missing inside his own house, Skok immediately recognizes the unusualness of the case and takes the opportunity to have his team move in with the family and become residents of the crime scene. What follows is an absurd and comic investigation that leaves no stone unturned, no family member un-interrogated…and no wall without an entire wallpaper made up of missing posters. An edgy and sometimes surreal comedy, director Mike Brune infuses his visionary directorial debut with eccentric characters, mind games, and dry wit.
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★★★½ review by Irimiás and Petrina on Letterboxd
The concept itself is brilliant. I loved how committed to the joke this film was and for the most part it is pretty damn funny. It's biggest problem is that the ending dragged a bit and it did kind of get less funny in the last 30 minutes. But overall I found it very entertaining and funny!
★★★★★ review by Jake James Kath on Letterboxd
I don't understand why this isn't on the criterion collection already.
★★★★ review by Eric Ryan on Letterboxd
Very funny and strange absurdist film about the search for a boy who has gone missing in his house. The detectives move in to the family house, plastering it with missing posters and between yelling out the child's name find time to help with the household chores. One of the family's other sons is deputized and armed to help with the search, pulling him away from the baseball card pseudo-stock exchange set up in his room. The film is odd and needs to be seen to be understood.
★★★★ review by David Halberstadt on Letterboxd
How do you make a film about a missing child funny? Mix absurdist comedy, dry humor, and sight gags and then play it straight. John Curran does deadpan better than anyone since Leslie Nielsen while also imbuing the character with real weight and sympathy. The film goes from zero to sixty really quickly and is frequently hilarious but it can't seem to keep up with itself and ends up stumbling a little bit toward the end of the second act. Fortunately, it does pick up again for a strong finish and you might even appreciate the brief break to allow your sides to recover.
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