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Cheatin’

Cheatin’
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  • This film played during the 2014 Florida Film Festival
  • Directed by: Bill Plympton
  • USA, 2013, 76 minutes
  • In English
  • Florida Premiere

Bill Plympton, one of the forefathers of independent animation, is back with his first full-length feature in five years, CHEATIN’. After comely Ella stumbles into a carnival, her life is put into jeopardy when a bumper car ride goes awry. She’s quickly rescued by muscle-bound Jake, and his heroism triggers their whirlwind romance. However, connubial bliss doesn’t last long for the couple when a jealous female admirer hands Jake fake evidence of Ella’s apparent infidelity, propelling the heartbroken man into a ballistic cheating rampage. After discovering her lover’s motel marathon of what he believes to be revenge sex, Ella begins a creative plan for retaliation involving a disgraced magician and his forbidden “Trans-Soul Machine”—all of which pays homage to classic Hollywood film noir with a sci-fi twist.  Funny, bizarre, evocatively scored by Nicole Renaud, and beautifully drawn as usual in his signature pulsing style, the dialogue-free CHEATIN’ is a wild sexual romp that may just be Plympton’s best film yet.

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