A recovering drug addict struggles with his anxiety and depression in his every day life, decides to set an intention for the week by letting go of the past and embracing the new person he hopes he can be. With this wish and an open mind, a stranger enters his life: to help or to hurt? He doesn’t know, but the similarities between them are too close to call a coincidence. As he tries to stay clean and sober–he also realizes he must fight to stay alive.
“Detour” by Gary Robinov and Dean Merrill (White Dog Arts)
“We can be redeemed only to the extent to which we see ourselves.”
That quote, which leads off this segment, is a nice sentiment, but for the film’s protagonist (played with exceptional intensity by Brian Chamberlain) it’s also a near-impossibility, as his recovering addict is hanging on by a thread, popping Prozac and possibly hallucinating. When his car breaks down on a lonely Portland road (thanks to the titular detour), he’s helped by a mysterious woman. Or is he? Gripping, emotional and enigmatic, “Detour” closes out this year’s “Damnationland” with the dark resonance and professionalism we’ve come to expect from our annual dose of Maine-made scares.
-Dennis Perkins is a Portland freelance writer.”