“Nude Tuesday” is a film that is completely gibberish! But you may be guaranteed a constant smile from a film that borders on the absurd. Cut out the subtitles from gibberish to English and replace them with a new set of subtitles and you could be watching a different film. You see the dialogue and the nine songs in it are in gibberish. Gibberish is nothing but a steam of words and sounds that make no sense because gibberish is not a language. Yet Julia Davis crafted subtitles based on the gibberish laden movie. The result is a movie that makes total sense although it could have been a totally different film and a plausible one with many possible subtitles.
If there is any absurdity it is developed through the subtitles. Some of the subtitles contribute to the hilarity of the film while others make perfect sense. The soundtrack in gibberish highlights the film’s streak of absurdity.
While almost all the fun is wondering how the subtitles suit particular scenes watching the actors babbling away is also a source of merriment.
Laura (Jackie Van Beek) and Bruno (Damon Herriman) are a middle-aged suburban couple in a drifting and crumbling marriage that as mother-in-law notes is “lacking a rumble in the jungle”. The feisty old bird gives Laura and Bruno a gift certificate to “Wonderla Retreat” a sexual rejuvenation retreat in the beautiful New Zealand mountains. It is a zany place full of odd stereotypical couples. Bjorg Rasmussen (Jemaine Clement) is the eccentric spooner of palaver and his latest book is the “Toothy Vulva”.
In the midst of frothy pandemonium which viciously cuts through the Tony Robbins method somehow Laura and Bruno snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Yes the subtitles turn the film into a lampooning of self help gurus who have answers to mend the trainwrecks of life.
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“Nude Tuesday” screens virtually at the New York Tribeca Film Festival on June 11th. If you wish to purchase the film contact Cornerstone Films for further details https://cornerstonefilm.com/
Feel free to check out the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoRFDK6iI-g .
Written by Jackie Van Beek and directed by Armağan Ballantyne.
RKS Film Rating 89/100.