“Underdeveloped priests addicted to YouTube. Lots of canoeing. Japanese girl groups terrorists. Resurrection. Steve Little. Todd Rohal. That might be the best explanation of THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM one can offer. Just go see it.” — Sean Glass, IONCINEMA
"Spins a fantastic yarn that shines a light on the power of absurd fiction" — SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Director: Todd Rohal
Screenplay: Todd Rohal
Cast: Steve Little, Robert Longstreet, Walter Dalton, Miki Ann Maddox, Koko Lanham
Producers: Megan Griffiths, Lacey Leavitt, David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jody Hill, Matt Reilly
Print Source: IFC Midnight
Young Father Billy (Steve Little) is an odd, odd man. Optimistic and cheery, yet a lumbering social deadweight, his wide-eyed view on the world borders on that of an autistic. He’s also rather obsessed with YouTube. One day, after inadvertently freaking the hell out of a group of parishioners, Father Billy’s superiors strongly encourage that he take some time off and go on a vacation. Trouble is, Billy has no real friends to take with him. Not a problem. Through the wonders of the internet, he tracks down his older sister’s high-school ex-boyfriend, Robbie (Robert Longstreet), whom he secretly looked up to all those years ago. Back then, Robbie was a take-no-prisoners chick magnet in a heavy metal band. Today, he’s a fortysomething roadie for the Ice Capades. Not a problem. Robbie, having no real memory of who Billy is yet also not having much better to do, agrees to join him for a weekend canoe trip. Out in the middle of nowhere, it becomes clear that their personalities aren’t a good fit. It also becomes apparent that the world is a strange place indeed. As they press forward with their trip, encountering unusual people and increasingly bizarre situations along the way, the misfit priest and the frustrated roadie find much more than just the unexpected. Let’s leave it at that, because it would be a sin to spoil what's coming!
Hands down the strangest and most individualistic film of the year, and also one of the funniest and most introspective, CATACLYSM really can’t properly be described with any plot synopsis or overview. Its outlandish humour ranges from the uncomfortable to the absurd, sometimes whisper quiet, sometimes very loud and occasionally slamming from out of nowhere with surprises that leave you in pain from laughter. CATACLYSM is the inaugural production from Rough House. Not ringing any churchbells? It’s the new company headed by David Gordon Green, Jody Hill and Danny McBride. It bears mentioning that CATACLYSM’s maker, Todd Rohal (THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE), is a huge fan of FUNKY FOREST, which will become evident to all lovers of that film during a particularly insane sequence (you’ll know it when it happens, trust us). This is a film that manages to be both sweet-faced and vulgar, blasphemous and devout, optimistic and dark, as if both sides of every conceivable coin were slow-cooked into this delirious stew by the mad auteur that is Rohal — a true original on the U.S. indie landscape and a contender to become this generation's Jarmusch or Lynch. Do NOT miss it!