Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: ‘Nothing’

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If you recently read Melissa Surach’s piece exploring the influence of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot on Adult Swim shows and want more absurd philosophical comedy, check out this little known Canadian film: Nothing. Part Kafka, part Beckett, and part Sartre, Nothing is a black comedy about two losers who, after an absurdly unlucky day, find themselves with the ability to wish anything they don’t like out of existence: the police, the annoying highway overpass, or, everything besides their few dingy valuables. It’s directed by the same guy who did Cube and shares the same minimal set design. Most of the film takes place in a white void surrounding their little house, with the two bickering and wishing various possessions (or body parts) away in an ever-increasing (missing) arms race. Turns out hell is other people, even if the only other person is your best friend.

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