A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss. As the assistant travels across Los Angeles to unravel the mystery, she must stay one step ahead of a determined policeman and confront her own understanding of friendship, truth and celebrity.
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★★★★ review by Felix Hubble: Boy Donkey on Letterboxd
Near-perfect, neon-drenched, L.A. noir throwback flick (without the cheese). Aesthetically brilliant, strong narrative, tight performances and a killer soundtrack, basically the whole package.
Keep an eye out for this on the festival circuit, it's great.
★★★★½ review by Jason Bailey on Letterboxd
Aaron Katz, best known for low-key efforts like 'Quiet City' and 'Land Ho!', writes and directs this crisp little sun-and-neon-soaked neo-noir, using its deceptively relaxing palm-trees-at-night aesthetic to set up an atmosphere thick with dread, and push it until a murder almost seems inevitable. It’s the reliable story of the natural suspect (Lola Kirke), accused of murder, who has to investigate the crime herself to prove her innocence. The amateur investigation hits all the right notes (disguises, tailing, snooping through a room on a clock, etc.), but it’s no mere genre exercise. Kirke is a good audience surrogate (likable and sympathetic, smart but not brilliant), and Katz uses her to give this murder mystery a helpful human anchor.
★★★★ review by thaistanley on Letterboxd
SXSW 2017 #20 - Gemini is hypnotic, engrossing, and measured. It also has a fantastic synth soundtrack and gorgeous cinematography. The performances by its two leads, Lola Kirke and Zoë Kravitz, are strong. I've never seen a film by Aaron Katz before, but I will now after seeing this.
★★★½ review by Tyler Jacob on Letterboxd
Neon whatchu doin
★★★★ review by Frank on Letterboxd
Noirish, but not full noir. Hitchcockian, but not full on Hitchcock. Awesome, but not 5/5 awesome.
Okay, that last sentence sounds dickish, but its really not. I was just keeping the sentence formula going. This movie was great, 4/5, and its in the mix for my top 2 or 3 so far this SXSW.
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