Review: Joe Denardo and Paul Felten’s ‘Slow Machine’

Some have called Slow Machine, Grasshopper Film’s newest American release, a return of the Mumblecore. This is because it concerns listless, self-absorbed twenty-somethings, takes place in and around Brooklyn and wears its low budget aesthetic on its sleeve. But Joe Denardo and Paul Felten's film is a rather more appealing and mysterious proposition than that sub-genre description implies. For one thing, Slow Machine keeps the viewer guessing.  Stephanie (a vulnerable Stephanie Hayes) is a struggling actor. Constantly bouncing between auditions, she tries on various accents and improvises extended, rambling backstories about herself for anyone who will listen. Claiming to be terrified of "retribution" from her party-going, coked-
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