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Quench (2007)



Quench

 

Taking place in a strange sort of suburban Goth subculture, Quench is billed as "a modern gothic tragedy" and that's actually a very good description.  Writer, director, producer Zack Parker offers up an intentionally soft spoken and thought provoking film about how fragile even the strongest childhood friendships can be when faced with the changes we go through as adults.  The trailer for the movie Quench gives off such a different vibe from the movie itself that the trailer ends up being extremely misleading.  The trailer is fast paced making the film look like there is a lot more action than is actually in the movie.  The trailer also makes Quench look like a horror film, which it isn't.  The film is a lot more of a drama that brings up questions about relationships, feeling isolated and the resulting appeal of religion.  However, as a drama, Quench succeeds in what it sets out to accomplish and is amazingly stark for a film of it's kind.


Quench begins with the lead character Derik (played by Bo Barrett) sitting alone beside a grave in a cemetery before moving on to try to reconnect with his childhood friend Jason (Ben Schmitt) who he hasn't seen in several years.  When the two meet up, Derik realized that Jason has changed considerably from the person with whom he was once so close.  Derik stays at Jason's house for a while.  As he begins to meet Jason's new friends, Derik starts to wonder what has made Jason change so much from the person he once knew.  The slow pace and awkward silences really capture the feeling of seeing an old friend for the first time in several years and suddenly realizing that you no longer share the same bond as you did growing up.

The style of the filming does as much to convey emotions as the dialog.  There are lots of slow zooms and head on shots that in another film might look amateur, but in Quench those same shots succeed in achieving the intended mood.  The music is, which is composed by The Newton Brothers, fits the film perfectly and also enhances the atmosphere.  Although the majority of the characters dress like people trying a little bit too hard to be "Goth," that actually seems to add realism.  The characters end up dressed the way that a lot of these people dress in the real world; people trying to play a part in life that they aren't exactly sure how to play.  That trait fits well into the plot because there is the feeling that many of these characters have come into this community in search of a place to belong.

The acting is solid.  The filming is stark and heavy.  The resulting mood is one of painful loneliness.  In the end, Quench is a film that shows just how fragile the lives we lead can be.


Gore-o-meter rating: 2 out of 5
(There's a lot of blood, but it's mostly not really gory)

Skin-o-meter: 2 out of 5 (Some nudity)