He Died with a Felafel in His Hand

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  • NR
  • 2001
  • 1 hr 47 min
  • 7.0  (3,920)

He Died with a Felafel in His Hand is a 2001 Australian film directed by Richard Lowenstein. The film is based on the book of the same name by John Birmingham, which is a collection of anecdotes about the various housemates he had throughout his years of living in share houses. The movie follows Danny (Noah Taylor), a writer who seems to have a knack for finding the most bizarre and dysfunctional housemates in Brisbane, Australia. As the story unfolds, Danny shares stories of his past romances, interactions with crazy housemates, and struggles to find his place in the world. He tells the audience about the various houses he lived in, and the eclectic group of people he lived with, including a drug-addicted musician, a compulsive liar, and a woman who believed she was the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe.

Danny's life takes a dark turn when he starts living with an aspiring fashion designer named Anya (Romane Bohringer), who quickly becomes the love of his life. However, their relationship is plagued by Anya's drug addiction and her constant cheating. Meanwhile, Danny's literary aspirations are constantly at odds with his responsibilities as a housemate. He struggles to find a balance between his artistic pursuits and his social obligations.

Throughout the film, Danny's experiences with his various housemates are depicted in comical and absurd ways. The movie is full of quirky moments and odd characters, and the absurdity is often played up for comedic effect. However, underneath the humor lies a poignant exploration of the human condition. As Danny tries to navigate the turbulent waters of young adulthood, he learns the importance of human connections and the value of finding one's own identity.

The cinematography in He Died with a Felafel in His Hand is simple but effective. The movie is shot on a low budget, and the handheld camera work gives the film a gritty, realistic feel. The soundtrack is also notable, with a range of indie rock and punk songs that add to the film's energy.

Overall, He Died with a Felafel in His Hand is a charming and entertaining movie that captures the spirit of the Australian alternative scene in the 1990s. The film has a unique, offbeat humor that makes the characters endearing, even when their behavior is outrageous. Though the story is often absurd, there is a poignant message about the universal struggle of finding one's place in the world. The movie is a must-watch for anyone who has ever lived in a share house or struggled to find their place in the world.

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    7.0  (3,920)