Tiny Plastic Rainbow
Digital Feature Movie (80 minutes)
Written and Directed by Jennifer Reeder
Color in English and Swedish (with English subtitles)
Tiny Plastic Rainbow is a shifty narrative about trauma, aloneness and a dog with one eye. Set in a modern urban environment, TPR chronicles one day in the lives of seven adults. Each character is pathologically consumed by a purposeful sense of detachment and sorrow. This necessitates creative coping techniques and prevents any connection with each other or the phenomenal world that surrounds them. Their lives are solitary but synchronized. That is, although they do not specifically know each other, their paths cross constantly throughout the day. The audience becomes implicated in the crime of coincidence and missed opportunities.
The characters, an actor, a hair dresser, an insurance claims adjuster, a private investigator, a therapist, a lottery cashier and a professional clown, are all primarily shot within spaces built for little more than one. The dialogue is minimal and most of the action occurs within a single take. This technique was inspired partially by theater direction and is intended to emphasize a sense of disconnection and artifice. Here is also a concern about how architecture influences and/or illustrates its occupants.
This movie is slippery. It wonders what it means to be lonely and also what it means to perceive connection and similarity in the midst of that isolation. TPR is dystopian although certainly not without a sense of humor and ultimately an investment toward the nature of happiness.
Tiny Plastic Rainbow was awarded the Prize for Best Feature Narrative at the 2003 Chicago Underground Film Festival.
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