Her Name is <i>Lisa</i> may turn out to be one of the real cinematic discoveries at this year’s festival. Funded in large part by director Rachid Kerdouche’s earnings from employment as a wine steward in a New York City restaurant, the film is a story of unrequited love. Hargus Beesley (Bill Rice), and older yet acutely naive Vermont farmer, embarks upon a voyage to a strange world, New York City, in pursuit of Lisa (Lisa Wujnovich), a punkish free-spirited country girl from his past who has left him for the big city and the hope of a new life.
Hargus is befriended by a hip native of the city, Julius Marlboro (played to comedic perfection by Rockets Redglare). Together this unlikely pair encounter a variety of strange adventures and people during their relentless quest. Driven by his obsessive dreams of reunion, Hargus is blindly lured into a trap from which there is no escape. This is a grainy, tense and ominous homage to some of the great directors; a sophisticated film that augments a sense of foreboding with some moments of absolute hilarity. It is an original that would become a low-budget cult classic.
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