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The Color Wheel

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(No longer in theaters)
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  • Director: Alex Ross Perry   Cast: Carlen Altman, Bob Byington, Kate Lyn Sheil, Anna Bak-Kvapil, Ry Russo-Young
  • Running Time: 83 minutes
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Photo By Alex Ross Perry/Cinema Conservancy

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Comedy, Family, Romance


Independent Pictures

Release Date

May 8, 2012

Release Notes



Chosen both by IndieWire and The Village Voice as the best film of the year without a distributor, Alex Ross Perry’s The Color Wheel might also be the most unpleasant. It’s actually the most entertaining unpleasant film I’ve seen in years. Perry and his co-writer, Carlen Altman, play a semi-estranged brother and sister on a road trip in a trash-strewn car to move her stuff out of her lover-professor’s apartment. At rat-tat-tat speeds, they verbally flay each other before they’re undermined in turn by ex-boyfriends, crushes, and former schoolmates. Yet the vibe is ickily erotic.