Director: Jorge Ameer Writer: Jorge Ameer Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi Country: USA Language: English Duration: 124 min
Stars: Jorge Ameer, Michael Gordon Andricopoulos, Angus Malcolm
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The films of Jorge Ameer always entertain. They’re not always good, but they always entertain. His early feature THE SINGING FOREST (2003)was notable for a reincarnation plot involving Nazi concentration camp victims, featuring well-fed prisoners and very uneven, hand-drawn Swastikas on armbands. In the supernatural drama THE HOUSE OF ADAM (2006), the characters freak out if a front door unexpectedly swings open but remain calm and collected when encountering a man tied to a chair for torture.
In D’AGOSTINO, Ameer raises the bar very high. Dissatisfied American yuppie Allan Dawson (Keith Roenke) lives with his fiancé Sylvia (Torie Tyson) in London. She is quite a bit older than he, which may explain his sudden outburst heard at the film’s beginning – “What do fat and ugly people think they look like?” Things are mundane and boring until Sylvia says, “Your grandmother left you some property.” Did his grandmother die? She doesn’t say. “Your grandmother left you some property in Greece.” So Allan jets over to Greece. The “property” is a very nice candle-lit apartment. Allan takes some time to sight-see, and then returns to the apartment that night. Looking behind a heavy oaken door, Alan discovers a disgusting human male (Michael Angels) covered in feces tied up in a tiled room. Slamming the door behind him, Allan takes a hot shower … goes back to sleep … wakes up the next day … does some more sight-seeing … has some lunch … Yes, none of it makes any sense, but perhaps it’s not supposed to. Allan doesn’t TELL anyone about the horror lurking in his apartment, in what amounts to a twisted agenda. Later that night, Allan showers his new-found friend off, notes a dog collar that lists his name as D’Agostino and checks his trusty laptop. “I see that you’re a secret clone bred for organ harvesting,” the smug Allan says – as if this would be posted online – from a dog tag that has no URL address. The barking, yelping D’Agostino has the mentality of a newborn baby trapped in the body of a young man, and Allan seizes the opportunity to put him on a leash and teach him a few, uh, “tricks.” It’s exactly what you think it is.
Very little, other than nonstop mental and sexual degradation of the title character continues for the rest of D’AGOSTINO’s two-plus hour running time. Other than a pushy landlord (played by director Ameer himself) seems to interrupt the two mens’ sadistic idyll. The viewer continues to watch the film as if to ask themselves, “why am I watching this?” Why ineptly told, D’AGOSTINO hammers home a classic fable of all the horrible things that happen when a human being considers another human being as being less than such.
It falls apart at the end when D’Agostino symbolically eats from “the tree of knowledge,” i.e. Allan’s laptop for an ending straight out of an EC horror comic book. Allan gets his comeuppance, but its not what the ending COULD have been.
D’AGOSTINO calls to mind such favorites as SALO: 120 DAYS OF SODOM (1975). It also recalls, with its minimal cast, single setting, Greek locale and sadomasochistic games the cult favorite SINGAPORE SLING (1991) and art house favorite DOGTOOTH (2009). In either case, D’AGOSTINO is the rare kind of movie that I wholeheartedly recommend to everyone – knowing full well that lots of them will ABSOLUTELY hate it. See it – it’s not a good film, but remains a highly unique viewing experience.
Heading on a transatlantic voyage at sea from an Italian lab to America, D’Agostino is the story of a human clone left for dead at the shores of Santorini Greece. This lost cargo, commissioned by wealthy individuals for organ tranplants, is abandoned as the freight cannot be recovered. Allan Dawson has recently inherited his grandmother’s island estate. He’s in a loveless relationship with his common law spouse Sylvia. As he finds this interesting freight, what follows is a macabre tale of self realization as Allan proceeds to set himself out of his sedentary existence to mold his latest discovery into a new best friend with dire consequences.
In this salacious, macabre tale of self discovery, corporate executive Allan Dawson inherits property in Santorini, Greece. Bored and detached with his existing relationship to fiancé Sylvia, Allan is more than happy to claim his inheritance as an opportunity to escape his mundane existence. Upon arrival, he discovers the presence of a human clone. Originally harvested for his fresh organs, D’agostino is about to give new meaning to Allan’s life. Uncertain yet excited about the possibilities of his new found companion, he finds this opportunity to be too tantalizing to give up. What follows is a twisted education for both men as they find themselves crossing sexual boundaries, while acting out their roles of masculine domination over servitude.