Ricky, a dim-witted ex-con, meets Beth, a vacuous waitress, and they instantly fall in love with one and other. Ricky appears to be much more in love with the sex, than any real emotional attachment, while Beth is hopelessly enamored in finding her potential soul mate. Jon Jost's FrameUp is the director's version of a lovers-road movie, and it's by far his most comedic film I have seen. Jost's style in this one is inventive, using all sorts of avant-garde techniques including montages, split screens, lengthy philosophical monologues, as well as one of the most intense opening credit sequences this side of Noe's 'Enter the Void'. It's an incredibly creative visual palette, that is both engaging and effective at showing a lot with very little. Even though these characters are simpletons by traditional standards, these characters are also quite philosophical, as the viewer is given a window into their inner thoughts and emotions. Always interesting, and quite profound at points, Jost shows the irony of perception vs. reality. As funny as this film is, in the end it's typically tragic for a Jost film, and though I found the political agenda to be rather unnecessary to his greater point, I wouldn't say it was a burden by any means.
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