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Purgatory, Inc. (2010)

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Clerk is your typical office worker stuck in your typical office Hell. Well, almost. Welcome to the eternal bureaucracy that is Purgatory, Inc - the IRS of the afterlife. When Christopher McNamee materializes in Clerk's cosmic cubicle after dying in a freak accident, it falls to Clerk to sort out his afterlife. Christopher should be an easy candidate for Heaven, except for one slight problem: He's Catholic... and married... to a man! Suddenly Clerk is forced to reconcile the wishes of his dead client with the policy of Purgatory, Inc: 'We don't judge... We process'. It's just another day of deciding your eternity in this slice of death office comedy. --IMDb
Patrick Cavanaugh
Patrick Cavanaugh
Konstantin Lavysh
Konstantin Lavysh
Tara Platt
Tara Platt
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Review by Ginose
Added: July 26, 2010
I love short-films.

I've said it once and I'll say it again and again. A good short-film is the perfect exercise in everything film is as an art-form. Stories told, art directed, and, normally, a fine, brief vision that the filmmaker wanted all of us to experience.

Plus, they're short. You know how much I fucking work? Too much. A short-film is a godsend for the tight-scheduled, especially a good one. Now, let me put it bluntly: "Purgatory, Inc." is not a good short-film.

It's excellent.

Purgatory: Your first stop in moving on to the eternity of your non-corporeal existence.

We are greeted with a clerk working in the processing of deceased souls onto their eternal resting place (designated by the rules and regulations of their respective beliefs, obviously) who is quickly placed with the recently-deceased Christopher McNamee: Killed by a falling suitcase, in a kayak along with his husband Matt. Now, things should go fine... except Chris is Catholic. And married to a man.

Ooooops...

Let me start off by saying, I don't think I've seen such an excellent world detailed, explained and realized in 6 and a half minutes. I mean, wow, the art-direction, the characters, the effects; everything comes together so well to make it one of the most ingenious atmospheres made in such a minimalist design.

The performances are realistic and utterly hilarious. Not a moment of this one was I bored, disinterested or just un-amused. This is a great film, by all genuine merits; it's funny, smart, well-observed and just a great time.

See this one, no matter what it takes.

8.9/10.
Allison Vanore #1: Allison Vanore - added 07/27/2010, 02:21 PM
See Purgatory, Inc. at the Flagstaff Film Festival in Arizona on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 5pm!!
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