Everyone. Hated. It. Passionately. And that made it the best meeting we’d ever had. We argued over which parts we hated more. We pondered our own proclivities for certain inanimate objects. (What’s said in the book club, stays in the book club.) I believe there may have been some yelling. Then we all had to admit that since we felt so strongly about it, maybe we actually loved it. I think we did.” (kimsaid.com, re. LEMON, the director's novel)


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Wendell and the Lemon Review, Dork Shelf
By Noah R. Taylor January 24, 2015 | 6:08 pm

(Slamdance 2015)

Wendell and the Lemon is like no film you’ve ever seen before. It is about a man obsessed with a lemon he finds. If you were to ascribe a genre to it it would definitely be a comedy, as most of it is hilarious. There are however long stretches in the second half with few laughs. As the lemon’s hold over Wendell intensifies he becomes unable to focus on anything else, and the thin line between comedy and tragedy blurs even more . . . Krauser has created a language of cinema all his own. He has surrounded himself with a cast (led by Todd D’Amour as Wendell) and crew who can interpret his language perfectly. The superb editing job done by Larissa Tokmakova (Krauser’s wife) is particularly unusual, a little schizophrenic at times, but if you were to ever see Krauser speak you would see how the cutting is evocative of the director’s own mannerisms. This was not an intentional choice on his part, Tokmakova said the footage she received was just a mess, but hey, but when life gives you lemons, right? This film can best be described by a quote from Wendell’s boss when he is berating him for his lemon loving ways: “Of what group are you a member? You’re the only specimen.”