Utopians is a bleak vision of nth degree family dystopia as struggling yoga teacher Roger tries to provide a familial context for his lesbian daughter, just out of the army, and her schizophrenic lover.
If you sit it out, hoping for the oncoming train at the end of the tunnel to deliver you from catatonic stasis, you’ll be rewarded with images of people in pretty much the same condition.
Jim Fletcher plays Roger as a one-eyed man leading the blind, just savvy enough to find his barely cogent waifs (Lauren Hind and Courtney Webster) a home by occupying a house recklessly turned over to him for renovation.
There is a perverse kind of merit in the tenacity with which video artist turned first time director Zbigniew Bzymek follows through on his vision of a family bereft of speech and direction, but it’s an irritating kind of merit, and I for one was relieved when he allowed the action to peter out with an inconclusiveness fully matched by that of his protagonists.
Utopians | Directed by Zbigniew Bzymek with Jim Fletcher, Courtney Webster, Lauren Hind (USA 2011). Starts January 5