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Published on Apr 30, 2006
The Three Trials Adventures in Psychotica
Written and Directed by Randy Greif 100 min.
Molinee Green, Maximilien Herholz, Michael Q. Schmidt, Osa Wallander, Sirena Scott, Budman Luv, Thomas Crnkovich, Valentine Snow, Peter Choyce, Sasha Peralto
Catherine, a nun with a unique form of narcolepsy, attempts to lose herself in the worlds of religion, adolescent fantasy, and finally masochistic devotion to a man. Her husband accommodates her masochism with increasingly extreme and bizarre rituals. With an experimental and ground-breaking format, The Three Trials incorporates surreal narrative, music video, and abstract imagery. The viewer is left to interpret what is real, what is dream, and what is false narrative in this feverish, pitch-black comedy with a smorgasbord of sexual fetishes.
Some unlikely characters include:
Catherine a nun whose narcolepsy kicks in during sexual arousal. She attempts to achieve utter devotion, but becomes a horribly scarred suburban housewife and part-time dining table.
Beast a yeti-like creature who helps Catherine escape a violent death, becoming her lover. Beast evolves into a plastic surgeon and a very accommodating husband to Catherine's masochistic desires.
Father a 300-pound priest whose devotion requires the willing-to-oblige Rachel, a Mother Superior dominatrix. Father returns as a horned creature sprouting orange branches from a place of little sunshine.
The Right Hand Of God a powerful force in the church who resides in a monstrous boiler room. Sinister maybe, but Catherine's guide. He keeps showing up.
The Fixer a frightening thug who transports Catherine to her confession, and his partner, The Creepy Man-- a very disturbed person with a bad case of giggles.
Julia a young woman who has never left her storybook castle. She saves Catherine from Blackheart, the castle's keeper, by disguising Catherine as a fox.
Aesthetic Meat Front a group of people who skewer themselves with meat hooks and perform a bloody ritual in the film's climax.
The soundtrack features musical artists from the post-industrial, ambient and uncategorizable music world including: