Heading to the Berlin Film Festival this week after its Sundance preiere, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman has been a high on everyone’s radar for the year. And although it opened to mixed reviews in Park City, the thriller may prove to have a different sway with European audiences and those outside the festival. From music video direct Fredrik Bond in his directorial debut, the film stars the powerfully beautiful Evan Rachel Wood and Shia Labeuf, who hopefully gets to exercise some of his darker acting chops this time around.
The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman follows a young man who jets off to Europe, falls in one, and violently collides with her ex-boyfriend. IndieWire noted that the film is "played to a degree so feverish…that the movie feels like the swelling, love-cranked-up-to-11 crescendo of a Sigur Ros song at all times, making for a picture that seems desperate to be seen as a deeply-felt, slow-motion music video." Still interested.
With a distributor still not attached, MTV has released an exclusive clip from the film today. A red-haired ERW tells a pony-tailed and scruffy Shia that "tomorrow she’ll kiss him," as delicate music and slow motion ensues between Drive-esque cuts of the city from above, making this look like the worst music video I’ve ever seen or a movie that’s going to drown me in tears. Check out the clip and see for yourself.