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King Judith

Written by: Richard Bailey |   Directed by: Richard Bailey |  Genre: Drama
Reviewed by Rick Murrin.

“King Judith” carries a very heavy David Lynchian vibe to it. So if you’re a fan of metaphysical mysteries, this film is certainly for you. A detective is looking for three missing women who were traveling to a town in Texas or New England; I’m not sure which one exactly. They were attending a macabre literature festival, and they all had one thing in common. They are studying The Lady of the Lake. On the way to the festival, they come across Sister Woman, who is possibly a figment of their imaginations. Sister Woman lived in a tent for 20 years but has been expropriated due to some city law. The mysteries begin early on when a man’s truck is broken down, and Sister Woman meets the man on the road and tells him to call Amen Consignments – which appears to be some artists’ commune. Later we learn that the man died two years earlier of asphyxiation and the proprietor of the commune hung himself on the porch. So they are not real? Yet they participate in some weird ritual with this strange Tom Waits-looking dude who is building a sculpture of a bird for Sister Woman.

Miriam is interviewing a few strange townspeople who all talk in riddles and rhymes and sing some strange tune about the new world unfurling. Sound confusing? Oh, it is very confusing. There’s also a flashback of someone burning on the roadside while an ambulance arrived. What is this about? I’m still trying to figure out if it’s ever really resolved. 2 policemen are talking with the detective, and they seem to know everything but really don’t do anything. One of the missing girls engages two different men in a bar that has some really weird performance art going on. She has drawn a picture that has some relevance, but I’m not quite sure what it is.

It’s impossible to give away any major plot points because I’m not really sure what it’s all about. Now, it is possible that this film is brilliant and that it just went right over my head. From a technical standpoint, this film is totally professional. The cinematography is fabulous, the editing is superb, and the music fits every scene perfectly. It’s also worth noting that every actor delivers a first-rate performance. My only issue with this film is the story itself which was, for me, really hard to understand. But that could be the point. “King Judith” easily looks and sounds the part of a really good indie film. However, it was a little hard to follow. I give this film a three-and-a-half star rating out of five. Thank you for reading.

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