Charles Cowling

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!

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Tony Piper
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A bit of googling reveals that the film appears to have become “Promises Written in Water” (http://www.promiseswritteninwater.com/) – see http://www.movieline.com/2010/04/exclusive-how-vincent-gallo-staged-a-coup-on-the-set-of-his-next-film.php?page=1 for the back story. No clip, though 🙁

Louise Carron Harris
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we need to find this trailer!

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