One Point O

Institute History

  • 2004 Sundance Film Festival


A Kafka-esque nightmare set in the not-too-distant future, One Point O is that rare film that manages to merge a highly stylized visual sense with an intellectually stimulating narrative.

Computer programmer Simon J.(Jeremy Sisto) wakes one morning to find a plain brown package in his apartment. He unwraps it, but nothing is inside. Despite attempts to secure his apartment, the mysterious packages keep appearing. While security cameras watch his every move, Simon becomes increasingly paranoid and suspicious of all the tenants in his building. When one of them turns up dead, Simon is pushed even closer to the edge: He is plagued by hallucinations—and a craving for milk. Frantically, he searches for answers about the mysterious forces taking over his life.

By blending the ordinary and the bizarre, social reality and private truth, One Point O creates a surreal mise-en-scène that transports the audience into the mental landscape of its sympathetic but disturbed protagonist. Amplifying the feverish world with an intensely dripping palette of reds and greens, codirectors Jeff Renfroe and Marteinn Thorsson draw incredibly nuanced performances from a splendidly eclectic cast. One Point O is a deliciously scathing indictment of corporate power that creates an eerily familiar world where moral choice and free will are replaced by forced consumption.

— Trevor Groth

Screening Details

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