Sundance 2010
Armless.

We all have secrets. John's are just a lot stranger.

In this off-kilter comedy, a woman comes to terms with her husband's strange secret: a compulsive desire to cut off his arms.

Directed by Habib Azar
Written by Kyle Jarrow

Cast: Daniel London, Janel Moloney, Keith Powell, Laurie Kennedy, Matt Walton.

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ABOUT

A husband with a bizarre secret.  A wife who’s determined to learn it.  A doctor who’s desperate for some excitement in his life.  A receptionist who’s sick of excitement.  And a mother with an Asian fetish.  All these lives come crashing into one another in this quirkily funny, strangely poignant movie about love, lies, marriage… and amputation. 

It’s based on the award-winning play of the same name by Obie Award winner Kyle Jarrow, called “a sleek, taut comedic drama” by New York Magazine and “an affecting comedy [both] droll and humane” by The Village Voice.  The first feature by Emmy Award winning director Habib Azar and featuring the talents of Janel Moloney (West Wing), Daniel London (Synecdoche, New York), Zoe Lister-Jones (Arranged), Matt Walton (Burn After Reading), Keith Powell (30 Rock), and Laurie Kennedy (Winter Passing, Law & Order).

Armless tells the story of a man who suffers from Body Integrity Identity Disorder, a real-life psychological condition in which an individual paradoxically doesn't feel "whole" unless he loses one or more major limbs.  When he leaves his wife and goes to find a doctor willing to amputate his arms, it triggers a twisted romp filled with mistaken identities, missed chances, and tragic consequences. Armless utilizes the structure of a classic farce, combining it with a darkly philosophical tone.  It also explores the ways in which a culture with so much wealth can come to fetishize suffering.  But at its heart, Armless is a fable about acceptance—a meditation on trust, love and marriage.


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