Talk To The Hand

by Willis Wong

Despite a children’s puppet show being the premise of this mockumentary, this is definitely not one for the kids.  It’s probably not for most adults too.

A slot has opened for Sunflower Hour, the successful kid’s puppet show started by an ex porn mogul.  Four contestants have to compete and audition for the job:  David is a physically and emotionally fragile young man whose lifetime obsession with the Sunflower Hour makes him the talented shoe-in for the spot.

Satan’s Spawn (!) is a damaged teenage goth, mocked by her peers and acting out through her puppet.  Leslie is the creepy son of a televangelist who may have a secret agenda behind his audition.  Shamus’ puppet never left his hand and demands to be treated as a real person.

Director Aaron Houston slowly ramps up the weirdness, revealing the horrible stories behind the happy front of a puppet show, ending in an audience-groaning conclusion when the winner is picked.  He makes a hilarious cameo as a desperate puppeteer gone bad.  Swimming deeply in the sick and twisted territory, Sunflower Hour  will have you wincing between grins.

 

Sunflower Hour
British Columbia, 2011
Directed by Aaron Houston

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