Box Of Moonlight (1996)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB

USA/Japan, 1996.  , , , .  Screenplay by Tom DiCillo.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Unhappy company man Al () is facing the advancement of age and can’t decide what to do to unwind. Upon having one of his big engineering projects in the middle of Tennessee get cancelled, he decides to rent a car and throw caution to the wind, maybe drive around and look for a little inspiration.

Along the way, he meets the very independently-minded Buck () who lives in the middle of clearing, wears a Davy Crockett costume and steals garden gnomes for a living. By the end of his adventure with Buck, not to mention encounters with unhappy phone sex operator Floaty () and a really psychotic mechanic (), Al learns a little more about himself and what’s been keeping him back.

Tom DiCillo’s style is surreal and dreamy, and the performances are all fine, especially Keener as the vulnerable Southern belle in the making. Rockwell is endearing in a role that would normally be irritating, and Turturro is at his least annoying. also stars as Al’s bewildered wife.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1996

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