Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Madness and Genius

Year: 2003
Country: United States
Run Time: 103 minutes

Darren Aronofsky's "Pi" multipled by the negative of "Good Will Hunting" yields the root for this menacing drama of beautiful and un-beautiful minds in the cloisters of an unnamed, prestigious college. Here noble principles of science are not greater than/equal to variables of the human factor. Like Stephen Hawking, brilliant undergrad Nigel suffers from degenerative ALS, making him progressively helpless. While he reaches out to Rachel, a pretty teaching assistant in concubinage to a professor-lover, Nigel's main solace is pure mental pleasure in doing homework for roommate Jordan, who had coasted through classes on a photographic memory. Now Jordan's failing grades reflect his lack of comprehension. An unpopular physics instructor, Frank Donovan, once a luminary of the Manhattan Project, is a muttering, withdrawn paranoiac, inventing incredible technologies and devices only on pages scattered in his cluttered office - and vulnerable to a desperate Jordan's blackmail. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to quantify the dark matter in Ryan Eslinger's monochrome debut.

Screenplay
Ryan Eslinger

Producer
Ryan Eslinger

Cinematography
Steve Huber

Editing
Ryan Eslinger

Principal Cast
Tom Noonan, David James Hayward, David Williams, Christine Meyers, Norm Golden, Gary Lamadore, Rick Spates, Erik Frandsen

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