Relaxer / Joel Potrykus

  • Country and year: USA 2018
  • Duration: 91 min
  • Director and writer: Joel Potrykus
  • Producer(s): Joel Potrykus, Ashley Young, Daniel Berger, Aaron Katz
  • Cinematographer: Adam J. Minnick
  • Music: Neon Indian
  • Cast: Joshua Burge, David Dastmalchian, Andre Hyland, Adina Howard, Amari Cheatom, Madigan Bachman, Jeen Na
  • Format: DCP

“A masterpiece of depraved ’90s nostalgia — Relaxer forces viewers to engage with its off-kilter frequency, and risks pushing the material too far with a final time jump. It has a few cartoonish twists that seem inevitable by the time they arrive, but that’s only because the movie casts such an enveloping spell that it forces viewers into the confines of its twisted logic. Potrykus’ movies are fixated on the self-destruction inherent to all capitalist systems, and there may be no better avatar for this concern than a brain-dead dude playing video games until the end of time. The confrontational finale completes the movie’s snarky outlook on the ’90s as a swirling tornado of superficial concerns rebooted by the new millennium. The 21st century? That’s somebody else’s problem.” – Eric Kohn / IndieWire


“Wildly, happily unique”
– Calum Marsh / The Village Voice

“Magnetic, five-senses experience for slacker cinema”
– Nick Allen /

“Hilarious, uncompromising, and even thrilling in its final moments”
– John Fink / The Film Stage

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