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All You Can Eat Buddha

Ian Lagarde

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A mysterious man at an all inclusive resort begins performing miracles, leading curious onlookers to believe he is perhaps connected to a higher power, in Ian Lagarde's feature debut.

Ian Lagarde`s debut feature is one of formal and narrative wonder. Bringing a splendidly unusual approach to the exploration of human complexity, deities, and the surreal, Lagarde grounds the wild nature of his film with a controlled pace that incrementally derails its sense of reality.

At the Palacio Hotel, everything is included. A scenic oasis run by impeccably trained staff, the resort serves international customers on short-term vacations looking to soak up the sun, the buffets, and the group activities. When Mike arrives, however, something shifts. With a voracious appetite, he devours everything in sight, taking breaks only to sleep and to look out over the ocean. Blessed with a mysterious magnetism that attracts staff and fellow tourists alike, it's clear that there is more to Mike than meets the eye. When he starts performing small miracles, it seems that perhaps he is connected to a higher power. Curious mere mortals can't help but be galvanized by Mike's presence.

All You Can Eat Buddha willingly opens itself to interpretation, resists conventions at all turns, and encourages a trippy and complex cinematic experience. This is a film that runs freely in a stunningly crafted other world.

MAGALI SIMARD

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