MIFF: Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

Documentary Drama


Late 2016 and the 'Roaring 20s', a bar in Las Vegas, is about to close its doors for the last time.

This story is part fiction in that the establishment is a created construct, and part documentary as the patrons, as opposed to the actors, are unscripted. Subtitles are employed, which speaks to the sound quality in a dive bar, and to the level of inebriation of the speakers. Belching is heard above the TVs, the jukebox and the intoxicated repartee, and apparently 'Mike' wants to take his pants off. Being sober in the audience feels like being left out of the joke. Hope that nobody knows your name.

Anne Murphy

MIFF 2020
98 mins