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Roman (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 26 September 2006 (USA)
A lonely young man's obsession with his neighbor gets the best of him, resulting in a murder, a cover-up ... and a potential new romance?

Director:

Angela Bettis

Writer:

Lucky McKee
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucky McKee ... Roman
Nectar Rose ... Eva / Dream Girl
Kristen Bell ... The Girl / Isis
Ben Boyer Ben Boyer ... Russ
Mike McKee Mike McKee ... Leroy Wolf
Jesse Hlubik ... Jesse
Chris Sivertson Chris Sivertson ... Lanky Worker
Ernie Banks Ernie Banks ... Cyrus
Adam Gierasch ... Boyd
Eddie Steeples ... Detective
Thomas Beaumont Thomas Beaumont ... The Waiter
Vanessa Menendez Vanessa Menendez ... Hedda Gabler
Lotus Harmony Lotus Harmony ... Dream Girl
Pancho Alvarez Pancho Alvarez ... Lunch Room Worker
Stephen Michael Copeland Stephen Michael Copeland ... Lunch Room Worker (as Steve Copeland)
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Storyline

Roman (Lucky McKee) is a lonely young man who yearns to find love, happiness and companionship. Tormented by his ungrateful co-workers and trapped in a life of tedium as a welder in a local factory, Roman's one pleasure is his obsession with the elusive beauty (Kristen Bell) who lives in another apartment in his building complex. When a chance encounter with the young woman goes horribly wrong, a moment of frenzied desperation triggers a chilling turn of events leading to the girl's murder. As he teeters between deranged fantasy and cold reality, Roman's struggle to hide his grisly secret is further complicated by an eccentric neighbor named Eva (Nectar Rose) who develops an unlikely attraction to Roman and forces herself into his dark and tortured world. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Sometimes Death Is Not So Natural

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

May 2: The Story of Roman See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Auteur Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The full film was shot with a digital video camera. The interviews were also filmed with the same camera. See more »

Quotes

Isis, the Girl: I think it's good to be curious. One shouldn't just sit around and wonder about stuff, you should go out and find out what it's all about. Because otherwise you sit around just tortured by your curiousity, and then you'll make up some twisted answer inside your head, just to satisfy yourself. And you'll never really know what the truth is. It's torturous.
Roman: Wondering how pork and beans are made tortured you?
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Morbid but Intriguing
29 April 2007 | by KashmirgreySee all my reviews

Anything having to do with dead bodies, whether it's zombies, necrophilia, cannibalism, or autopsies, etcetera, you can usually count me out. I really don't much care how well the film is made.

Now I did say usually, because "Roman" kept my interest. I thought Lucky McKee did an excellent job portraying a socially inept factory worker who is unable to control his fantasies, obsessions, and emotions. The viewer might be turned off by McKee's wooden and two-dimensional portrayal of Roman, but I believe this was intentional. If you don't believe there are really people out there like this, I'll introduce you to my sister-in-law's brother! Kirsten Bell and Nectar Rose were extremely sexy, Rose especially.

The film, obviously made on a low budget, didn't give anything away until the end, and was rather suspenseful. I can't say as I recommend "Roman", but I don't say avoid it at all costs either. It's not for everyone, and I'll leave it at that.


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