At a late night laundromat, a young woman questions her current life path. “Spin,” directed by Jorge G. Camarena, is a visually rich character portrait that merges an ordinary night with surreal turns. There’s no dialogue — the film gets by on its vibey atmosphere (DP: Kadri Koop) and air of unease. We sense that the waitress is dissatisfied with her job and has other interests and goals (at one point, we see her reading a script). When a sequence of mysterious occurrences knock the woman out of her head, she is forced to react instinctively. The film creates a timeless quality with its dated laundromat, glowing neon lights, and 1950’s diner outfit (complete with blond wig), nostalgic but oppressive. -KA.
Director: Jorge G. Camarena. Cast: Jessica Park. Director of Photography: Kadri Koop. Editor: Mengyao Mia Zhang. Producer: Roxanne Griffith. Production Design: Xi Chen Chou. Score: Jonathan Zalben. Sound Design: Sealtiel Alatriste.