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Directed by Chris Sullivan • 2012 • United States
Starring Robert Levy, Nancy Andrews, Chris Sullivan
Produced entirely independently by Chris Sullivan, this haunting, surreal, and darkly humorous tale of broken lives and dreams has a purity and singularity of vision that only true outsider art can possess. In the dead-end world of a decaying Rust Belt town called Magguson, three employees of the local “Daily Suggester” newspaper seem to live separately in their private worlds of despair, desperation, and drink. But in the aftermath of a deadly accident, the unsettling connections between them gradually come into focus, revealing a long and diabolical history of romance, hatred, secrets to hide . . . and secrets to discover. Hailed by A. O. Scott of the “New York Times” as “entirely original . . . an inquiry into the darkest zones of the human heart,” CONSUMING SPIRITS is an intoxicating wonder.