Filmfest 2007

BUG is based on Letts' play about modern paranoia in the wake of the Gulf War, and is a thriller with elements of black comedy, romance, and horror. Most of the action takes place in a seedy Oklahoma motel room. The waitress Agnes, lives in fear of her violent ex-husband Jerry Goss, who has been let out of jail. Agnes meets Gulf War veteran Peter and they hole up together and he becomes her protector and lover. Peter begins to talk about the war in Iraq, UFOs, the Oklahoma City bombings, cult suicides, and then secret government experiment on soldiers, of which he believes he is a victim. His delusions infect Agnes and they are contending with an apparent infestation of microscopic bugs. Oddness darken into madness... The story addresses issues of domestic violence, conspiracy theories, paranoia and schizophrenia.

tags: Feature film

Cast: Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Lynn Collins, Brian F. O'Byrne, Harry Connick Jr.


Director: William Friedkin