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Buster's Mal Heart (2017)

Unrated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 23 May 2017 (USA)
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A family man's chance encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter leaves him on the run from the police and an impending event known as the Inversion.

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Sarah Adina Smith
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rami Malek ... Buster
DJ Qualls ... The Last Free Man
Kate Lyn Sheil ... Marty
Sukha Belle Potter Sukha Belle Potter ... Roxy
Toby Huss ... Deputy Winston
Lin Shaye ... Pauline
Mark Kelly ... Oscar
Bruce Bundy ... Ranger Meg
Teresa Yenque ... Adelita
Jared Larson Jared Larson ... Dale
Sandra Ellis Lafferty ... Mrs. Bowery
Nicholas Pryor ... Mr. Bowery
R.J. Burns R.J. Burns ... Ryan (as RJ Burns)
Gabriel Clark Gabriel Clark ... Bill Western
Lily Gladstone ... Morning Shift Concierge
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The film follows a mountain man on the run from authorities who survives the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes. He's haunted by a recurring dream of being lost at sea and constantly has flashbacks of his former life of a family man.

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The Inversion is Coming


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Trivia

Rami Malek speaks in Spanish for many of the scenes. See more »

Goofs

Jonah tells the stranger that all the hotel's rooms are non-smoking, and that he has to have a credit card to book a room. In the mid-1990s, when the film is set, most hotels (especially in small towns) still had both smoking and non-smoking rooms. Also at that time, most smaller hotels would accept cash without a credit card. See more »

Quotes

Buster: [In Spanish] You're wasting your time.
Buster: -Mabye.
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Go Tell It On The Mountain
Written by John Wesley Work, Jr.
Arranged by Ellen Reid
Performed by Jodie Landau
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belly of the whale
27 April 2017 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. A film festival wouldn't be complete without at least one mind-blowing avant-garde cinematic experience. I'm not the kind that needs every ending neatly bow-wrapped, and I often enjoy having conventional story structure challenged and even dissolved. Writer/director Sarah Adina Smith seems to thrive in such an environment in this twisty psychological thriller covering three timelines (one of which may be a dream) … or a split personality … or two/three men from one … or some combination … or something else entirely that I might have missed. (I'm not too proud to admit this distinct possibility).

When a filmmaker bravely dives into the bizarre, casting becomes crucial. Ms. Smith nails it with Rami Malek, DJ Qualls and Kate Lyn Sheil. Thanks to the popularity of TV's "Mr. Robot", Malek is now a leading man – albeit far outside the Ryan Gosling mold. Here he plays Jonah, a struggling family man with a wife (Ms. Sheil) and young child. Working as a night Concierge at a hotel, Jonah tries to make the best of the lack of sleep and minimal contact with his family. In addition to Jonah, Malek plays Buster, a slippery and hirsute mountain man who negotiates his way through the Montana mountains by hanging out in the multi-million dollar vacation homes (mostly) vacated by their owners during the snowy winter months.

The film bounces between 3 periods for Jonah/Buster: the elusive near-mythical mountain man running from the law, the bleak nights of the family man, and a dream-like sequence where he is adrift at sea in a row boat. Throughout the film, references to "sphincter" and multiple proclamations that "The Inversion is coming" lead us to believe there could be a sci-fi connection or an apocalyptic ending headed our way. Instead, it's "the belly of the whale" that might unlock the mystery or mysteries serenaded by the thunderous techno-bass bass. Even with the dark comedic elements, it's a head-scratcher for sure; but one that manages to keep us engaged despite our whirlwind of theories and uncertainly.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kalispell, Montana, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,137, 30 April 2017

Gross USA:

$73,121

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,121
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