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First Look: Eight New Images from Choke

One of the films that I am certainly looking forward to is Choke, an adaptation from a novel by Chuck Palahniuk, the author behind “Fight Club”. The film will be premiering at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday January 21. I will be there, so expect a review shortly following.

Frosty over at Collider dropped me a line last night about these 8 pictures from the film, which stars Anjelica Huston, Sam Rockwell, Kelly McDonald and Brad Henke. It is also the directorial debut of Clark Gregg, who has starred in films like Magnolia, Spartan and In the Land of Women. Don’t worry if you don’t recognize the name, I have no doubt that you would recognize his face.

Take a read of the official synopsis, followed by the stills: Victor Mancini, a sex-addicted med-school dropout, keeps his increasingly deranged mother, Ida, in an expensive private mental hospital by working days as a historical reenactor. At night he runs a scam where he deliberately chokes in upscale restaurants to form parasitic relationships with the wealthy patrons who “save” him. When, in a rare lucid moment, Ida reveals that she has withheld the shocking truth of his father’s identity, Victor must enlist the aid of his best friend, Denny, a recovering chronic masturbator, and his mother’s beautiful attending physician, Dr. Paige Marshall, to solve this mystery before the truth of his possibly divine parentage is lost forever.

Adapted from the acclaimed novel by Chuck Palahniuk, CHOKE tickles the funny bone as it dives into darker areas of human behavior. At the heart of the film is yet another staggering performance by Sam Rockwell as Victor. He fully inhabits the character and nails both the comedic and dramatic aspects with indelible timing and delivery. A delicious blend of fresh writing, juicy performances, and sharp directing, CHOKE is actually quite easy to swallow.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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