A dark comedy about Norman Pugg, a spiritualist missionary who becomes mistaken for a serial killer in a sleepy British seaside town.
You Are Whole is a mesmerizing film strongly driven by character and performance, a dark comedy about Norman Pugg, a spiritualist missionary who becomes mistaken for a serial killer in a sleepy British seaside town. The film stars Fred Melamed (A Serious Man, Lady Dynamite, In A World…), who single handedly transforms the pace with his magnificent spiritualist and overly sincere dialogues. As her directorial debut, Laura Spini actually originally wrote the script envisioning Melamed in the lead role as a means of developing the character around one of her most respected actors.
Once the script was completed we decided on a whim to try and get in touch with Fred through his agent and were blown away to find that he really liked the script and character, and was up for coming to the UK to shoot the film. After a pretty intense pre-production period we managed to fly Fred over and the film seemed to just come together based on the hard work of our small but talented student crew and a handful of good fortune. It was an incredible experience for us as filmmakers and we are glad that the film has been enjoyed in festivals around the world.
Beyond the acting, the film has us locked in with a rather brilliant script, but also an enchanting cinematography and overall production effort. A marvellous group effort by film students that really allows us to sink into the film in the most natural of ways.