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Chained for Life (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Darkly funny and impressively ambitious, Chained for Life is as unpredictable as it is original.

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A beautiful actress struggles to connect with her disfigured co-star on the set of a European auteur's English-language debut. Through pitch-black satire, Chained for Life examines the treatment of disability on screen and on set.

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A sharp movie about moviemaking, with welcome surreal touches that are best left unspoiled.

October 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This low-budget film written and directed by Aaron Schimberg is almost every kind of strange, and yet it has an amiable warmth and an inexhaustible reserve of originality that make it compelling as hell.

October 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Anchored by Weixler's and Pearson's natural charm, "Chained for Life" stands up as both a quiet ode to the experimental, dreamlike spirit of moviemaking and a seriocomic corrective to sentimentalized sideshow portrayals.

October 17, 2019 | Full Review…

A meaningful, moving, and often quite funny interrogation of beauty in the movies.

September 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Schimberg's film is odd, darkly funny and - when it means to be - a little frightening.

September 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Deeply weird without being difficult to follow, Chained also bears traces of David Lynch's The Elephant Man in its DNA - influences that guide Schimberg in a direction that's difficult to predict but fun to follow.

September 10, 2019 | Full Review…

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