February 14, 2012


Turbulence #5

Zen Noir (2004)

Details about the movie:

"All of humanity's miseries stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone" - Blaise Pascal

Zen Noir is a 2006 surrealist Buddhist murder mystery by independent filmmaker Marc Rosenbush.

A nameless detective, still mourning the loss of his wife, investigates a mysterious death in a Buddhist temple. But his logical, left-brained crime-solving skills are useless in the intuitive, non-linear world of Zen. Murder isn't the mystery here, and as the disheartened detective feels the presence of his deceased wife, he soon realizes that there is a much deeper and intensely personal mystery to be solved.

Time (mins):71
Director:Marc Rosenbush
Writers:Marc Rosenbush
Music: Steven Chesne
Cinematography: Christopher Gosch
Editing: Camden Toy
Cast:Duane Sharp, Kim Chan, Debra Miller, Ezra Buzzington, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Howard Fong

Awards:Five wins at US film festivals, including best actress for Debra Miller and a Grand Jury award at the Washington DC Film Festival.
Audience Award for Best Feature at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Best Feature at the Moondance Film Festival.
Best Actress at Indiefest Chicago.
Best Cinematography at the Ashland Independent Film Festival.

Official Website: www.zenmovie.com

An Interview With Zen Noir Director Marc Rosenbush: Read here

Critical Reviews:

A provocative, witty -- and admittedly esoteric -- experimental comedy that is serious, amusing and satisfying. - Read full review

This film requires patience. Some experience of long retreats or sesshins wouldn't hurt either for fully understanding the complex emotions of the characters.

If you have both of these, it's a pretty good film. Not great, but good. - Read full review

Director Marc Rosenbush gets the absolute most he can out of his no-budget-friendly, minimalist location and a solid, if unremarkable cast. - Read full review

Last Word:

"Worst day of life. But best Orange, I ever had."

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