In a house haunted with memories, gangster and father Ulysses Pick arrives home after a long absence towing the body of a teenaged girl and a bound and gagged young man. His gang waits inside his house, having shot their way past police. There is friction in the ranks. Ulysses, however, is focused on one thing: journeying through the house, room by room, and reaching his wife Hyacinth in her bedroom upstairs. His odyssey eventually becomes an emotional tour, as the strange nooks and crannies of the house reveal more about the mysterious Pick family.
||April 6th, 2012 (Limited) by Monterey Media|
||R for graphic nudity, sexuality, violent content and some language.|
(Rating bulletin 2207, 1/25/2012)
||Non-Chronological, Hallucinations, Mental Illness, Retro Black and White, Dysfunctional Family, Avant Garde, Hauntings, Gangs|
|Production Method:||Live Action|
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