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Written by: David Ash |   Directed by: David Ash |  Genre: Dramedy

 The tension is high as Incompleteness begins its run. Two people banging on the door of a kid who has a gun to his mouth. They want to stop him from killing himself, he pulls the trigger. And cut. David Ash is showing us a film within a film or at least something he hopes will be a film. As the cast and crew of Alex’s ( Matt Bailey ) work in progress mingle, he can’t seem to shake the fact things are not going well. The script just isn’t right. At least some of the cast seem to be taking advantage of the situation. At home, after fiddling with his work in progress, Alex switches gears and begins recording himself. He’s making a film for his unborn child to watch sometime in the future. Apparently, he’s dying and wants to leave something behind. As luck would have it he is not doing all that well with his wife either. A common story. His scriptwriter on the other hand has a different story. Paul ( Clarence Wethern ) has changed his life drastically to write a movie. He went from heading up a program that could spell immortality for humans, to doing what he always wanted. The problem is that the program he headed up wasn’t exactly an above board one, and the Chinese mafia types are threatening to kill him if he doesn’t provide his immortality algorithm. All this comes out on a date with a potential girlfriend and although insanely smart, Paul really has trouble interacting with women. People actually.

 Going back to the cast of Alex’s movie, they seem to have hit it off and are attempting to date. The thing is, they haven’t ‘really’ hit it off and things are insanely uncomfortable. But they push on because, well, why not? Watching these two together is borderline painful. I don’t mean the acting, I mean the strangeness of the characters and how off they seem when together. It’s also funny because I’ve felt that way before. Just bumbling around aimlessly. There’s one memorable scene with these two involving a vibrator. As Incompleteness progresses you think you know what’s going on with all these people, but you don’t. Not really. Things change, and change quickly.

 Incompleteness is not told in a linear way and may at first be hard to grasp. Things clear up once you figure out what David Ash is actually doing with the film, but it’s still a bit of a handful unless you’re really paying attention. Things kind of change, scenarios change, and this film doesn’t apologize for any of it. It doesn’t need to because right from the get go, Incompleteness prides itself on being different, and different is good. Thankfully, you won’t have trouble understanding the actors when watching each scene. This film is rock solid when it comes to the acting and there are many stand up performances during strong scenes. The scene involving Alex and a gun is brilliant and is by far the only one. When I considered the format of this movie I could only come to one conclusion. The acting is really, really good and it has to be in order to pull off the weird way this story is told.

 This film is branded a dramedy but I actually think it leans much more of the drama side of things. The comedy maybe comes from the weirdness of Paul’s character, and maybe the interactions with the dating actors. The general atmosphere of the film is not really comedy at all. It’s existential and a lot of the times sad even. But when you really sit down and watch this film, there’s so much to like. It also helps a lot that Incompleteness looks and sounds good. This is something a little different but also pretty cool. Thumbs up and thank you for reading.

INCOMPLETENESS Season 1 – Trailer from Dave Ash on Vimeo.

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