Slamdance Film Review: Josephine and the Roach

Posted January 21, 2013 in

Josephine and the Roach

Slamdance Film Festival

Director: Jonathan Langager

The title pretty much sums up the basic storyline of this short: a love story between a woman and a cockroach. Sounds kind of weird, right? However, director Jonathan Langager’s approach makes this short an entertaining and beautiful tale, probably as much as one can do for such an unusual pairing of a woman and an insect.  The film is a mix of live-action and cockroach puppetry, as Josephine (Jenna Augen) falls in love with a violin-playing roach, which lives inside a hole in Josephine and her dead-beat husband’s apartment. Langager chose not to include any dialogue, but instead, you mostly rely on some great music and facial expressions, which makes the film even more impressive and engaging. When her angry husband ruins her accordion, the love-stricken cockroach crawls up her husband’s nose while he is passed out, and takes over control of his body for a while. This is a pleasant short film, with a happy ending, but the great visuals and storyline impressed me most of all.