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Barlam is a timid, twentysomething grocery bagger lurching clumsily toward manhood in the dusty US-Mexico border town of El Paso, Texas. He's been feeling anxious recently… something about the humdrum of everyday life doesn't fit quite right. His addict sister Nati—equal parts charm and damage—clicks in too well with their borderline incestuous dynamic and gets caught up in Barlam's obsession with a Puerto Rican boy who looks just like him. Thing is, this boy might be the missing piece to their broken family history. Soon Barlam is descending into a seedy underworld where reality and fantasy entangle, masculinity and belonging are thrown into crisis, and flippant humor reveals disillusionment, desire, and rage. And there are some pretty imaginative narcotics, too….

Dripping with sexuality and exuberance in tongues that bounce between Spanish and English, The Sentimental Engine Slayer flickers hot and sweaty with the fluorescent colors of a distinctly Southwest American landscape. This extraterrestrial, semi-autobiographical tale told with boomerang fragmentation and psychedelic sound design gives the director/writer/star Omar Rodriguez Lopez away as the sonic force behind the Grammy-winning fusion rockers The Mars Volta. It also makes Rodriguez's directorial debut a piercingly clear pronouncement that a rare and riveting voice has emerged for independent American cinema.

Film Information
Year: 2010
Length: 97 minutes
Language: English, Spanish
Country: USA, Mexico
Premiere: North American
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Tatiana Velazquez, Nomar Rizo, Kim Stodel, Rikardo Rodriguez Lopez, Angel Marcelo Rodriguez Chevrez
Director: Omar Rodriguez Lopez
Screenwriter: Omar Rodriguez Lopez
Producer: Omar Rodriguez Lopez
Editor: Adam Thomson
Director of Photography: Michael Rizzi
Executive Producer: John Frusciante
Composer: Omar Rodriguez Lopez
Press Contacts

Press Contact
Dave Clifford
US Them Group
Phone: 213 268 6644

Press Contact
Dave Clifford
US Them Group
Phone: 213 268 6644

Special Note

About the Director(s)
Omar Rodriguez Lopez was born in Puerto Rico. His genre-defying career as a recording artist has resulted in some 35 albums, including with Grammy winners The Mars Volta. His second and third films, El divino influjo de los secretos and Boiling Death Request, are currently in post-production.


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