Last night I was watching the 2010 Sundance selection Daddy Longlegs on the VOD service Sundance Selects, and wondering why I'm not hearing more praise for this great film coming out of Park City. Is it being ignored due to its day-and-date distribution? Is it old news because it premiered last May at Cannes? Or, is it going unseen because it doesn't have an easy-sell premise?

The end of the film (and this isn't a spoiler) has the main characters riding on NYC's Roosevelt Island Tramway. If only this were where it began and the whole thing was set inside this little cable car, as it gets stuck midway across the East River due to mechanical trouble. Then everyone at Sundance would be seeing it and talking about it. But it wouldn't be called Daddy Longlegs. It'd be called something simpler and more straightforward, like...


It seems the easiest and cheapest way to get a film shown at Sundance is to make something with a single setting, as few characters as possible and a situation that everyone's afraid of. Maybe it's being abandoned in shark-infested waters. Maybe it's being stuck on a ski lift after hours. Maybe it's being buried alive in a coffin. Or, maybe it's being trapped inside a tramway for seven hours, like a bunch of people were back in 2006.
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