Synopsis: Peter, a failed tennis star, is struggling to rebuild his life after a car accident forces the end of his career. Angry at the world's consumerist values and his controlling father, Arnie, whom he blames for being absent during his mother's dying days, Peter is desperately searching for a moment's peace. In an attempt at normality, he heads to a bar for a night out, where he encounters recently divorced and grieving Tess, abandoned and lonely. Finding solace in each other's brokenness, they withdraw to Peter's apartment and begin a sensual love affair. Days of bliss pass by, and when Tess reluctantly tries to leave to deal with the aftermath of her divorce, Peter proposes an idea: isolate themselves in his apartment to create their own reality - CANDiLAND. Now cut off from the world, the tormented lovers embark on a dogmatic quest for a higher existence. But their possessive love descends into a surreal savagery as Arnie attempts to reconnect with his son and put an end to CANDiLAND.
Director(s): Rusty Nixon
  6 wins.
85 min

Oh I'm sorry, I didn't

realize you were awake.

- I've been here for so

long without going home.

- Tess! Look at me.

For the first time in

ages I meet someone who

makes me feel at peace, and what

do I do?

I get so excited...

That I smother her.

I'm really not like this.

I'm just so happy.

- I'm happy too.

But there's...

There's something about

me that you don't know.

I can't have children.

- That's it? You can't have


- That's what...

My scar is from.

I was pregnant...

Something went wrong so they

took it

out of me, they...

They took it all out of me.

- Tess, I don't want kids.

- You say that now.

- Thought about it

upside down and sideways.

No interest.

- Charles wanted kids more than

he wanted me.

- Maybe he's the one

who's missing something.

He let the perfect contessa

slip through his fingers.

- You think I'm perfect?

- Oh, I love having you here.

- That was...

I've always felt like

I've been alone before.

I think that's the first

time I've ever made love.

- What's happening here?

- I've never felt so close so


- So how's the billster doing

with soccer?

- Oh, pretty good.

He's gotta hit the field more,

but uh,

he's all obsessed with this blog

of his.

- You gotta beat that art

shit right out of him.

Trust me, you don't want him to

end up

like one of these whack jobs.

- It tickles!

Is it a puppy dog?

- Uh-uh.

- Is it a truck?

- Nope.

- Is it a pair of pants?

- Ha, wrong!

Now press back,

and hold still.

- I can do that.

- Can you now?

- It's a cactus.

- It's not a cactus!

I think it looks like us.

Our own little private


- Uh-oh.

But now the rest of the

place looks super bland.

- Yeah!

You're right!

How dare this goddamn place be

so boring!

- We have to fight against it!

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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