Summer of Blood

Synopsis: Erik Sparrow is one of the lucky ones. He's got a good job. He's in a stable relationship. He lives in one of the greatest cities in the world. Does he deserve it? Probably not. He's not too bright. He's not very attractive. He's not at all ambitious. He's chubby and he's always complaining. And when his girlfriend Jody proposes to him, he doesn't even have the good sense to accept her offer. He'll never find a woman like this again. Instead, Erik bumbles his way around the issue, offering one excuse after another for not getting married. When Jody dumps him and starts seeing an old flame from college, Erik tries to win her back. When he fails, he attempts to date other women, but the results are disastrous. Erik's starts falling apart. His job grows more unfulfilling. He becomes obsessed with a kinky co-worker who has no interest in him. He becomes riddled with despair. One night, Erik meets an enigmatic stranger named Gavin who asks him, "Do you want to die?" Erik shrugs and says, "I
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Director(s): Onur Tukel
Production: Dark Sky Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min


I think it's cool

that I got the salad

but the point was

to eat a salad to be healthier

and there's bread

underneath it...

Well, they said

it was a crostini,

which is usually smaller.

What is it called?

- I should pay more attention.

- A crostini. It's Italian.

It's good, I mean, I guess.

It's the whole bread thing.

I don't want to complain.

I complain too much as it is.

You do complain but...

It's good.

Did you like yours?

Oh, that's cool.

What is that?

Open it.



This is really nice.

Oh, this is really pretty.

It goes on your other hand.

The left.

- The left hand?

- Yeah.

What is that? Is that Arabic?

What does that mean?

No, the guy at the store

said it was Tibetan.

It means to overcome obstacles.

- Oh, that's really nice.

- I thought it was perfect for you.

This is really pretty.

Thank you. Thank you very much.

What's the occasion?

I mean, It's just... nice.

I mean... thank you.

Erik. I want to...


I'm asking you if

you want to marry me?

This is an engagement ring?

Yeah. Yeah and I...


Here at the restaurant?

I mean...

Not here.

We can't do this here.

Why not here?


It's such a clich.

You're into that kind of thing.

It's nice. It's pretty.

I mean, I can wear it...

I can wear it like...

So you're saying no?


I'm saying "No." I mean, I'm saying,

"No!"But "No" doesn't always mean "Yes',

but in this case it does.

So, you know...

Wow. Okay.

Look, you're not

thinking this through.

- That's just what I'm saying.

- Yes, I have.

I thought... what?

It's just, I know this is your attempt at being post-feminist

and post-modern, after reading that Sheryl Sandberg book.

You want to say,

"Let's reverse it

so the girl now

proposes to the guy"

because that's what

you're supposed...

Erik, I don't really care what

you're about to say right now.

But I want to get married

and I want to have babies. So...

But you're also doing really

well at your job right now.

You're excelling so much.

You're rising up

in the law firm.

You're doing really well.

And like Sheryl Sandberg said,

"We need more women

in positions of power."

Most women in powerful

positions are married.

Sheryl Sandberg is married.

There's an entire chapter

about that,

about how amazing

her partner is

and how she couldn't

do it without him,

especially when

she was pregnant.

Okay, but at the same time,

you have an obligation

to be a housewife.

If you're...

I have an obligation

to be a housewife?

I'm just saying

that if you're working,

you can't do both.

I mean, I didn't read the book

so I don't know

but you can't,

you can't do both.

How can you not do both?

Because someone

has to cook and clean.

Well, you can cook and clean.

I'm Turkish.

Turkish men don't do that kind of thing.

Are you playing the Turkish card again?

I'm also a dirty person.

Dirty people don't have the

disposition for being clean.

And because I'm dirty

I shouldn't cook either

because that's unhygienic

in a lot of ways.

I mean, this is like...

My mother says that

I should break up with you.

See, imagine how she'd

feel if we got married.

No, this is precisely why she

wants me to break up with you.

Because you won't marry me.

Well, I hate your mom anyway.

I mean...

I don't hate her like that.

I'm just kidding.

In a playful way I hate her.

But if she died tomorrow,

I wouldn't be that upset or sad.

I mean, I'd be sad

because you'd be sad probably.

I'd lament for a...

I'd pretend to lament for

maybe like a week or two

or something like that.

It's just... you know?

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Onur Tukel

Onur Tukel (born August 5, 1972) is a Turkish-American actor, painter, and filmmaker. A notable figure in the New York City independent film community, Tukel's films often deal with issues of gender and relationships. more…

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