Kasra Farahani’s Tilt was part of Tribeca Film Festival’s 2017 Midnight Section
Director Kasra Farahani’s directorial debut The Good Neighbour (James Caan) hit me like a tonne of bricks. It was a rollercoaster of emotions that hit heavy. Now Director Kasra Farahani is back to do it again with Tilt.
Tilt focuses on an unemployed documentary filmmaker called Joesph Burns. Joe and his wife have just returned home from a relaxing trip from Hawaii and he must now focus on making his new documentary.
With his wife being pregnant Joe has been under a lot of pressure trying to make this new documentary. She shows continued support for her hubby even if their financial situation is almost non-existent. A job offer has been put on the table to work for an ad company for the mother-in-law, but Joe thinks accepting this job would be the lowest point in his life as a filmmaker.
His previous documentary was a semi-hit and made a small amount of money that didn’t last very long. Joe believes that his new film that focuses on the “golden age” of American society will get people talking and cause a social disruption.
Joe spends his days locked away in his office in darkness at his computer. His only companionship is that of his thoughts and the bleak commentary that he is researching for his new documentary. But Joe’s research becomes more obsessed with Donald Trump’s shenanigans, and just like Donald Trump, Joe’s mind becomes confused. We soon see the cracks starting to show.
When we see Joe’s mind beginning to break, he dons a black hoodie and hits the dodgy streets of L.A at night with the intention of looking for trouble. Not only is Joe out looking for trouble but he is also looking to cause some trouble, or hurt someone, very badly.
We soon learn that Joe may have blood on his hands already and passed the point of no return, or could he be delusional and showing signs of a mental breakdown?. The scary thing is that behind the thin mask of whatever sanity Joe has left there is an overpowering desire for murder.
There is a lot of scenes when we see Joe almost commit a crime but he is able to overcome the violent urge. Some viewers may find this frustrating as there is a lot of “something nearly happened scenes”, but this man is locked in a battle with his deteriorating, fragile mind and I thought that this made the film even more realistic.
Tilt is a slow-burning psychological thriller that uses the current state of American society to bring our lead character to the breaking point. In a lot of ways, the film reminded me of Falling Down, it just focuses on the current state of America and uses a much younger protagonist to tell the story. Just like Kasra Farahani’s directorial debut, The Good Neighbour, Tilt left me feeling like I was punched right in the gut.
Tilt had its world premiere on Saturday 22nd April 2017 @ Tribeca Film Festival