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Cast: Bethany Orr, Mary Loveless, Wes McGee
Jill is obsessed with her new roommate Jennifer, a promiscuous and sexy hotshot in the LA Fashion scene. Her jealousy and rage spiral out of control -- Jennifer has everything, and Jill wants to be just like her. If Jill canít BE Jennifer, she must destroy her.
"Excess Flesh" tells the story of two roommates, Jill and Jennifer. Jennifer has it all, a job as a high fashion model, money and lots of friends and men looking to get with her. Jill on the other hand is a reclusive, never leaving their apartment and binge eating only to throw up or hit herself for doing so. Jill desperately wants to be like Jennifer and she also wants Jennifer's time but Jennifer is always too busy working or partying with friends and when she is home she is a total bitch to Jill which doesn't help her unstable mental state. Things slowly escalate as Jill becomes more and more unstable until she finally snaps putting Jennifer in grave danger.
"Excess Flesh" is a Psychological Thriller that gets in your head and under your skin in no time. Director, Patrick Kennelly who also Co-wrote the film with Sigrid Gilmer makes sure he gets his messages about body shaming and body image across and he does it quite effectively but the film is also a thriller and a very disturbing one to say the least.
The food laying all over the house and the extreme eating that is nauseating would be enough to deal with but the film gets stranger and more bizarre as it moves along. Jill's low self esteem and jealously toward Jennifer builds and builds as the story moves a long and Jennifer's empty promises only fuels it all leading to Jill having a complete mental breakdown.
"Excess Flesh" is a disturbing piece of film making that has a mean nasty streak you have not seen before. This isn't going to be for everyone, it is the type of film you either love or hate but Lovers of Independent Cinema should check it out. Like I said before the film gets more crazy as it moves a long, it is a total head trip into chaos but it is also creativity at it's finest.
One reason the film is so good is the cast, everyone in the film does a great job playing their roles but the film belongs to Bethany Orr who plays Jill and Mary Loveless who plays Jennifer. No one gets to see every movie that comes out but I can't imagine two female leads being this awesome. These to me were two award winning performances and both ladies deserve a lot of credit because both roles were extremely demanding on all fronts.
Let me also give credit to Director, Patrick Kennelly and co-writer Sigrid Gilmer for coming up with a film that raises a few important issues while creating a film you won't soon forget.
Available on DVD March 8th, 2016 with Special Features that include:
"I Don't Race" Music Video
If you have the stomach and are not easily upset then I highly recommend checking out this little gem.
Released by Midnight Releasing
**** Out Of *****