It looks like a Svankmejer film but that is not to say that the Bolex Brothers haven’t made something completely their own. At first, the similarities are too much not to notice, but as the film progresses you can see that there is a unique style to this film.
An ex-forensic science student moves in with his sister, gets a job at an ice factory, makes a new friend, and gets pulled into a very intriguing mystery. Aaron Katz directs this creative character study/mystery, which is more about the character study, and less about the mystery. The characters, a brother and sister are played by Cris Lankenau and Trieste Kelly Dunn, and both do a great job being low-key and believable. But Raul Castillo nearly steals the film as their new friend Carlos.
John Waters’ films may have calmed down a bit since the seventies, but A Dirty Shame still has the over-the-top nonsense charm of his earlier work.