The Living Wake

Overview

A self-proclaimed artist and genius who has elevated his drab existence into a personal mythology organizes his final party, a living wake, in director Sol Tryon's absurdist black comedy. K. Roth Binew Mike O'Connell is about to live his last day. Abandoned by his father Jim Gaffigan as a young lad, Binew was raised by his nanny, Marla Diane Kagan, and gradually grew to gain an appreciation for the arts. Though he would personally never complete a single work of art, he nevertheless considers himself an artist ...
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Overview

A self-proclaimed artist and genius who has elevated his drab existence into a personal mythology organizes his final party, a living wake, in director Sol Tryon's absurdist black comedy. K. Roth Binew Mike O'Connell is about to live his last day. Abandoned by his father Jim Gaffigan as a young lad, Binew was raised by his nanny, Marla Diane Kagan, and gradually grew to gain an appreciation for the arts. Though he would personally never complete a single work of art, he nevertheless considers himself an artist and has recently been told by his doctor that he will shortly expire of some mysterious, unnamed disease. Upon being informed of his dire situation, Binew boards his rickshaw and requests that his biographer and driver, Mills Joaquin Jesse Eisenberg, transport him around town so that he may make his final arrangements. As the day wears on, Binew and Joaquin visit the local "liquirsmith" to procure spirits, arrange a Viking-style funeral for the eccentric "artist," and steal a goat for a personal picnic. Later, after Binew is attacked by his neighbor Eddie Pepitone and has his attempt to donate books at the local library refused, he hands out invitations to his final party. It is there that Binew will perform a short piece for his audience, and summarily drop dead on the spot.
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Special Features

"The Re-Education of Mills Foquin," A Short Film; ; 4 Hilarious Deleted Scenes; "Musings with K. Roth Binew," 3 Viral Videos; ; Commentary with Cast & Commentary
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Editorial Reviews

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Fans of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces and the novels of John Irving particularly The World According to Garp will find a kindred mindset in director Sol Tryon's exceptionally quirky The Living Wake. But any friend of independent comedy should revel in the absurdities springing forth from the mind of co-writer/star Mike O'Connell, the symptom-free victim of a vague, grave, and punctual disease, who submits a tour de force interpretation of gonzo resignation, tempered by quavering fear. It's an understatement to say that K. Roth Binew O'Connell -- an almost-charming loudmouth, spawned from privilege but descended into madness -- is larger than life. Most grandiose portrayals fruitlessly strive for that condition, but O'Connell surpasses it, working in a style somewhere between mythic overacting and literate buffoonery, while occasionally penetrating through to bitterly touching. It's the kind of go-for-broke performance Jim Carrey might have given early in his career, but with more intellect and less mugging. O'Connell's work could carry this film through its winding path of final-day truth-seeking. But thanks to some nice details in a town that has slipped out of place and time, it doesn't have to. One of these is the perfectly cast Jesse Eisenberg as Binew's faithful manservant and rickshaw chauffeur, Mills Joaquin, tirelessly devoted while serving as the sounding board for Binew's dapper lunacy. Mills is the poetic counterpoint to Binew's comically bleak existence, and his presence at Binew's side elevates Binew above the level of mere pitiable boor. During the climactic wake sequence -- timed as a countdown to his final minute of life -- the earthy cathedral serves as a final reminder of the fertile imagination on display, responsible for this fairy tale of gothic eccentricity. The Living Wake is the kind of whimsical material from which cult classics are built, and it has a happy excess of bigness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2010
  • UPC: 853937002322
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Breaking Glass
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 62,003

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mike O'Connell , K. Roth Binew, Passerby Man
Jesse Eisenberg , Mills Joquin
Ann Dowd , Librarian
Jim Gaffigan Lampert Binew,
Eddie Pepitone , Reginald
Diane Kagan , Marla
Jill Larson Alma Binew
Clay Allen Moustache Man
Sam Goldfarb
Ami Ankin Mother,
Ben Duhl , Liquorsmith
Harlan Baker Dr. Schoenberg,
Matthew Cowles , Mossman
Bryan Brown Frank
Peter Paton , Clock Maker
Rebecca Comerfield Gypsy Psychic,
Stephen Brian Jones , Farmer
Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine , Prostitute
Paul J. D'Amato Rutger
Mark Shulte
Matthew Dwyer Christian Man #1
Kurt Haas Clyde
Patrick Keane Christian Man #2
Jun Kim Ling
Michael Mandel Landlord
Aaron J. Paton Old Man
Stuart Rudin Waylon
Ron Lee Savin Karl Binew
Technical Credits
Sol Tryon Director, Producer
Negar Ali Costumes/Costume Designer
Ami Ankin Producer
Rob Bethge Executive Producer
Giancarlo Canavesio Executive Producer
Andy Cappuccino Executive Producer
Helen Cappuccino Executive Producer
Michael Cappuccino Associate Producer
Giancarlo Cavanesio Co-producer
Chadwick Clough Producer
Charlie Corwin Executive Producer
Elizabeth Destro Associate Producer, Co-producer
Michael Grasley Production Designer
Blair Jaffer Makeup
Christopher Joy Asst. Director
Peter Kline Producer, Screenwriter
Joe Klotz Editor
Justin Leitstein Executive Producer
Carter Little Score Composer
Clara Markowicz Executive Producer
Scott Miller Cinematographer
John Moros Sound/Sound Designer
Mike O'Connell Score Composer, Producer, Screenwriter
Alex Orlovsky Associate Producer
Gabe Polsky Co-producer, Executive Producer
Caroline Sinclair Casting
Anthony Viera Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Living Wake
2. March Of Dimes [6:03]
3. Reginald [4:38]
4. The Mortuary [5:25]
5. The Farmer [3:38]
6. The Picnic [9:01]
7. Hamsteaks [11:11]
8. The Psychic [7:46]
9. The Church [6:37]
10. The Shifty Mick [6:08]
11. The Wake Begins [5:55]
12. The Tent [11:22]
13. Dressed for Death [13:32]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Living Wake
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Play "The Reeducationof Mills Foquain"
      Musings with K. Roth Binew
         Hats
         Superstitions
         Names
      Deleted Scenes
         Rutger
         Roy
         Landlord
         Baby
      Sound and Commentary
         Commentary with Jesse Eisenberg, Director Sol Tryon and Cinematographer Scott Miller
         Commentary with Mike O'Connell and Co-Writer Peter Kline
         Play Movie in 5.1 Surround Sound
         Play Movie in Stereo
      Play Theatrical Trailer
   Chapter Selections
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