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It got made!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Movie synopsis: The Funeral Director (2009) So far as I can find out, it never got distributed.

“A broken-hearted man, Kevin, finds company in a pet cricket. After ditching a lucrative advertising job, he signs on as an apprentice in a funeral home and finds himself not only working for a sexually starved pre-menopausal funeral director, but also rooming with her free spirited nymphomaniac niece. In a strange way, Kevin becomes like one of the old Renaissance masters by taking the dead corpses to study and advance his art by photographing them. While the nymphomaniac becomes addicted to the idea of helping him win back his ex-girlfriend they find themselves exploring loss, death, and resurrection. In a dark romanticism, Kevin attempts to artistically reincarnate the dead people by dressing them up in elaborate costumes and makeup, trying to recapture the memory of their best human quality and to defy the tragedy of their death.”

If only I could find you a clip or a trailer!

5 comments on “It got made!

  1. Saturday 16th April 2011 at 9:49 am

    […] The Funeral Director (2009). Maddest movie of all time? […]

  2. Wednesday 13th April 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Tony, you are brilliant! No trailer available, it seems. Alas!

  3. Wednesday 13th April 2011 at 5:09 pm

    A bit of googling reveals that the film appears to have become “Promises Written in Water” ( – see for the back story. No clip, though 🙁

  4. Wednesday 13th April 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Have a look at this:

    In this strikingly original independent drama from Canada, a young woman finds that her obsession with death is challenged when she falls in love with a handsome medical student. Sandra Larson (Molly Parker) was fascinated with the dead from an early age; as a girl, she and her best friend would find the bodies of birds and small animals and devise funeral rituals for them, though Sandra always took these adventures far more seriously than her compatriot. As Sandra matures into womanhood, her obsession with the deceased begins to develop a sexual component, but her necrophilia is not about lust so much as a spiritual yearning for the light and calm of death’s embrace. In college, Sandra studies embalming, which allows her to study and embrace death on a daily basis, and she finds work at a funeral home owned by Mr. Wallis (Jay Brazeau), a man who in his way shares her obsessions. One day at a coffeeshop, Sandra meets Matt (Peter Outerbridge), who is studying to be a doctor; she senses that he knows her secrets, and a tentative romance blooms between them. But while Matt wants to “cure” Sandra of her intimate feelings for death, she finds that he’s not capable of understanding her erotic nature, which is directed within herself more than outward toward others. Understandably controversial upon its initial release (though far more subtle and poetic than one might expect given the subject matter), Kissed was the first feature film from director Lynne Stopkewich, who previously distinguished herself as a production designer. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  5. Wednesday 13th April 2011 at 1:29 pm

    we need to find this trailer!

  6. Wednesday 13th April 2011 at 1:19 pm

    It sounds fabulous. A screening at the Six Feet Under festival is surely in order if anyone can unearth this masterpiece of kitsch.

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