In an age when days have change into torturous clean canvases for one more sequence of existential disappointment, it’s good to have a reprieve each as soon as and awhile by way of popular culture. And actually, there’s no higher escape than a reprehensible black comedy.
Enter The Artwork of Self-Protection. Directed by Riley Stearns, this punchy, bleak indie comedy follows a mild-mannered bookkeeper (Jesse Eisenberg), who’s trying to shake up his life with just a little neighborhood karate. Spoiler: He will get greater than only a white belt.
Again in March, senior author Randall Colburn praised the movie within the wake of its South by Southwest premiere, writing: “The Artwork Of Self-Protection achieves a timelessness that not solely offers it endurance, but in addition a broader, extra energetic journey within the course of.”
The movie doesn’t bow till July 12th, however Bleecker Road dropped the movie’s first trailer, which definitely hints at Colburn’s sentiments. Watch under.
Right here’s the official synopsis:
After he’s attacked on the road at evening by a roving motorbike gang, timid bookkeeper Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a neighborhood karate studio to discover ways to shield himself. Beneath the watchful eye of a charismatic teacher, Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), and hardcore brown belt Anna (Imogen Poots), Casey beneficial properties a newfound sense of confidence for the primary time in his life.
However when he attends Sensei’s mysterious evening courses, he discovers a sinister world of fraternity, brutality and hyper-masculinity, presenting a journey that locations him squarely within the sights of his enigmatic new mentor. Audacious and offbeat, The Artwork of Self-Protection is an unique darkish comedy that takes poisonous masculinity to absurd extremes.