Screenplay, Ian Chorao, Feigelman. Camera (color), Jeff Eplett; editor, Anne McCabe; music, Michael Rohatyn; sound (Dolby), Peter Schneider; casting, Ellen Parks. Reviewed at L.A. Independent Film Festival, April 19, 1999. Running time: 80 MIN.
With: Gaby Hoffman, Johnny Zander, David Wheir, Seymour Cassel.
In his feature debut, “Snapped,” filmmaker Jesse Feigelman makes the crucial mistake of allowing a dramatization of boring, aimless lives to become boring and aimless itself. At the same time, Feigelman and co-writer Ian Chorao try to dress their essentially empty narrative with the sheerest schematic design. A long haul even at 80 minutes, pic has been out there a while searching for a distrib, but the search will end up in videoland.
Feigelman attempts to weave strands of the heist genre with elements from Peter Greenaway and Wim Wenders, but the experiment never gels. At a New York diner, Billy (Johnny Zander) snatches a bag of cash from Bob (Seymour Cassel), who tails the kid to sleepy off-season East Hampton. There, nihilist Billy hooks up with long-waiting g.f. Tara (a strangely dislikable Gaby Hoffman), who photographs road kill. Photo-shop clerk Shane (David Wheir) digs Tara’s work, and Tara. This starts pic’s pointless fascination with photography, death and repetitive action; meandering mood of anomie is just the opposite of mesmerizing. Feigelman (with key aid from lenser Jeff Eplett) conveys his feel for the Hamptons environment far better than his knowledge of his characters.