Found in: Trinity of Trash

Eating Raoul

classified 18

Trinity of Trash

Film

Please note: This was screened in July 2024

Director
Paul Bartel
Cast
Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, Robert Beltran
Details
90 mins, 1982, USA
Primary language
English

Paul and Mary Bland are your typical, middle-class, American couple. One works at an off-sale liquor store, the other a nurse at the local hospital, jointly saving toward their dream of opening a country-style restaurant.

Their economic twin bed existence is comfortably ordinary, until Paul loses his job. Suddenly their dreams hang in the balance.

One night, a drunken swinger mistakenly enters their apartment and attacks Mary. Paul – with an iconic weapon of choice – leaps to her aid, killing the man in the process. Reckoning no one will miss him, the couple dispose of the body and pocket the money in his wallet. Thus, a devious plot is hatched to finance their quaint ambition.

Played to perfection by lifelong friends Paul Bartel (who also directs) and Mary Woronov, Eating Raoul is a richly dark comedy levelled at consumerist culture.

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