Outpatient

on October 14, 2002 by Jeff Schwager
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Through a paperwork snafu, would-be writer Morris Monk (Justin Kirk) has been stuck in a mental hospital for two years without receiving any treatment. That's okay by him: He enjoys the tranquility of the place, and appreciates the time it gives him to write. When the hospital figures out its mistake and begins treating him, he falls in love with his shrink (Catherine Kellner) and turns her into a character in his novel. Then they turn him loose as an outpatient, and he falls for a femme fatale (Claudia Mason) whose mysterious life mirrors the action in his novel. There's nothing too original about writer-director Alec Carlin's film, but it's economically written and executed with a fair amount of style--no mean feat given that it was shot on digital video. At the center of the film, Kirk's unaffected performance is ideal; he's the clueless observer through whose eyes we try to unravel the movie's mysteries.

Starring: Justin Kirk, Catherine Kellner, Tomas Arana and Claudia Mason
Director: Alec Carlin
Writer: Alec Carlin
Producers: Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi, Scilla Andreen-Hernandez and Paul Marks.
Distributor: No distributor set.
Genre: Mystery.
Rating: Unrated.
Running time: 110 min.
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