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RPG

Six friends meet up for their usual D&D game. Someone dies, someone falls in love, the others keep playing…

What starts off as a usual D&D game between friends, slowly sinks into a weird parable that the game can have on surrounding relationships. Written and directed by Sadie Rodgers, who also plays a role in the film, takes us on a rather unique and immersive experience journey through the world of tabletop games. Rather than taking a mocking jab at nerds, Sadie embraces the idea and places us right into the intimacy of the almost forbidden circle, driven by the passionate characters.

Before I wrote it, I was waiting tables at this very shop, and there was a chess club that would always meet here on Monday nights. The group consisted of five dysfunctionally nerdy older guys and they were incredibly rude to me. I was fascinated by them. One night, they got into a dispute and decided to let their president know that he had been voted out. The shop was practically empty, aside from one other table of customers, the manager and myself, so we could hear everything. It turned into a big fight, and the man threatened to kill himself. He said, “This club is all I have.” After closing time came, the guys continued to argue in the street. It was so heartbreaking. The following Monday, the former club president came in, sat down and ordered his smoothie that he ordered every week. It was a smoothie that we don’t even make, by the way, we made it only for him. He sat there for an hour and a half at the big table, and nobody ever came. I based “RPG” on this idea of a game being so important in the lives of those who play it, and how the game continues in spite of the missed connections that occur between the players.

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The film adopts an unusual structure, where the dramatic entities never really unfold, depriving us of any closure whatsoever, while creating so many expectations. And while we may be a little pissed off that we are left hanging, we start to realize how soothing and appropriate the ending is in context. An excellent piece of work strongly meshed by its fine cast, and smoothly outro-ed by the spiritual sounds of Rasplyn.

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