Raw, dark, and brilliant, Eat Me is an original film that definitely goes out-of-bounds. If you like movies that make you feel uncomfortable, this is a must-see. Lars Von Trier is an obvious and notable influence in the film, but unlike his more “grandiose” work, Eat Me is contained and claustrophobic. It was originally a play, and the restrained setting reflects the theatrical nature of the script. Victim becomes aggressor becomes victim in a power struggle throughout the plot, with turning points marked by bouts of emotional and physical violence. Eat Me is one of the most interesting films I have had the pleasure of seeing, and if you properly brace for it, you’ll love it too.
Theater and film, while strikingly similar mediums, are leagues apart in terms of exposure and accessibility. With Eat Me being adapted from an LA Weekly nominated play, it’s theater roots are obvious throughout. With strong performances from each of the leads carrying the dialogue heavy story along, this film makes the most of its hour and half runtime. Despite it’s difficult and hard to swallow subject matter, this movie handles it in the most sensitive of ways and is truly a special film.