After emerging with films like “Uncertain Terms” and “Soft in the Head,” Nathan Silver is back with his fifth feature, “Stinking Heaven,” a darkly comic period piece of 1990’s suburbia that stages the fragility of a sober commune.
“Stinking Heaven” tells the story of a married couple, Jim and Lucy, who run a haven of sorts in their New Jersey home for seven recovering addicts who sing, bathe and work together. When Ann, the 20-year-old ex-girlfriend of one of the housemates, arrives at the home, the harmony of the commune is thrown into disarray. With Ann’s presence, tensions threaten to boil over and a downward spiral eventually sees several members relapse and fall into paranoia.
In the trailer above, the motley members of the commune sing “Love Never Ends,” but a creeping sense of turbulence descends with the arrival of Paul Grimstad’s queasy synth score. This looming sense of danger is compounded by the rough lo-fi aesthetic Silver achieved by shooting on Betacam video.
Having already earned great reviews at BAMcinemaFEST, AFI FEST and the Rotterdam Film Festival, “Stinking Heaven” will open at New York’s Anthology Film Archive and exclusively on iTunes and SVOD on Fandor on December 9.