Posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle is by far the strangest film I’ve seen this year at the Sundance Film Festival. After he quits his high paying computer job, Dory (Marshall Allman) is forced to take a night janitor job to pay the rent. He joins the group of misfits who clean office buildings during the night time hours.
One of the offices that they regularly clean is a company that runs test studies.They find a batch of cookies in the trash which contains a new chemical that is supposed to make the cookies taste warm, like they had just come out of the oven (which is such a great idea in itself). The janitors become addicted to the chemically-altered cookies, and they soon learn of some strange side effects. It only gets stranger, but I think that explaining exactly who Little Dizzle is might be revealing too much.
First time feature director David Russo uses his experience in animated short films to create a cinematic acid trip, which might be so strange and different that it might alienate. The film integrates trippy animated hallucination sequences and an animated bright blue fish, of whom’s origins are too strange to print. Of note is Tania Raymonde (who many know as Ben’s daughter Alex on LOST), who is almost unrecognizable as one of the janitorial misfits, complete with colored dreadlocks, tattoos, and a nose ring.
Little Dizzle is one of those films that you end up talking about. I find myself on the Park City shuttles explaining the story to other festival-goers. It’s the type of movie that spreads virally. Even if you don’t like it, it’s the type of movie that’s so strange that you’re still likely to recommend it to your friend, saying “you have to see this…”.
/Film Rating: 7 out of 10