Milk vomit and Pac-Man: Joel Potrykus’ Relaxer is a masterpiece of depraved ’90s nostalgia

One of the originals of 21st-century American transgressive cinema and a true provocateur, Joel Potrykus (Buzzard) returns with Relaxer, a skuzzy Y2K flashback that’s both absurdly funny and disturbing in its portrayal of the cultural detritus of the turn of the millennium. Cam just gave his younger brother Abbie the dopest, most ultimate challenge ever: to beat Billy Mitchell's infamous Pac-Man high score — by going beyond level 256's glitch, of course — without ever getting off the couch. Think Slacker meets The Exterminating Angel, although only begins to describe the madness that Potrykus unleashes. His fourth and best feature film to-date is a closed-room tour-de-force, at once philosophically dense and grandiose. This is a true punk film that’s indescribable, demanding and completely insolent, encapsulating the best and worst of '90s pop culture in one experiential trip.

Screenings: SXSW 2018, Fantasia 2018, BAM Cinemafest 2018, MIFF 2018
Dir. Joel Potrykus / USA / Comedy / 2018 / 91mins / Australian Premiere

"Milk vomit and Pac-Man: Joel Potrykus’ Relaxer is a masterpiece of depraved ’90s nostalgia."


"An unsettling and unapologetic comedy of untold horrors. A borderline masterpiece of WTF insanity, films that are simultaneously this absurd and this watchable are a feat."

The Film Stage
05:00 Pm
Saturday 15th September