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Living in Seduced Circumstances

Ian Gamazon / USA / 2010 / 76 min


Miles away from SAW’s one-stop chopping, LIVING IN SEDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES plunges into the psychological abyss of torture with a resourceful production design and a narrative that reveals its secrets in measured tones. Filmmaker Ian Gamazon’s dreamlike depiction of violence isn’t any more graphic than “24’s” weekly terror, but there are no release valves in this discomfiting reverie. As with his debut, CAVITE (Special Jury Award, SFIAAFF ‘05), Gamazon’s extreme economy burnishes an age-old story (in this case inspired by Ovid's “Metamorphoses”) with immersive disorientation. While CAVITE negotiated the geopolitical boundaries separating San Diego and Manila, LIVED IN SEDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES traverses an imaginary border toward the darkened realm of fairy tale. The film opens with the pregnant Minh (Quynn Ton) driving an unconscious older man to a secluded cabin in the woods. We glimpse hypodermic needles stashed in the car, and, a few swerving cuts later, Mr. Thanh (Long Nguyen) is bloodied and bound to a wheelchair. Gamazon’s hypnotic jag of space and time denies cause-and-effect reasoning at the same time as it draws us toward the character’s unspeakable past. As Minh’s wanton acts grow increasingly intimate, a history of personal and national dispossession comes into view. Closure isn’t in the cards, but a climactic long take casts an unexpected sadness over the film that will have you scrambling to reconstruct earlier scenes. With LIVING IN SEDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES, Gamazon once again shows that low budget doesn’t necessarily mean low key. Max Goldberg In Attendance: Ian Gamazon (Director)


  • Director: Ian Gamazon
  • Producer: Quynn Ton
  • Cinematographer: Ian Gamazon
  • Writer: Ian Gamazon
  • Editor: Ian Gamazon


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Sun 03.13 930pm

Thu 03.17 430pm

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