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Clueless couple vs ottoman empire

- Chris Knight National Post cknight@ postmedia. com Twitter. com/chrisknigh­tfilm

Save Yourselves! Cast: John Reynolds, Sunita Mani Directors: Alex Huston Fischer, Eleanor Wilson Duration: 1 h 33 m

Pandemic newsfeeds have featured stories about people who went on tech- free meditation retreats in early March, only to return into an evolving global emergency. Jared Leto might be the most famous, but there were others.

Save Yourselves!, a first feature from co- writers and directors Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson, imagines a similar situation but with somewhat higher stakes. When Su and Jack ( Sunita Mani, John Reynolds), turn off their phones and head to a friend’s rural cottage to escape the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn, they narrowly miss news of an invasion from outer space.

The first they know of it is when a sentient furry pouffe shows up in their living room, snarling and drinking any ethanol it can find. For those unschooled in home decor jargon, a pouffe is a sort of cushioned footstool. You might know them as ottomans.

These ones seem to have plans for an empire.

The low- key science fiction and cut- rate special effects call to mind Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, although Save Yourselves!

plays as dark comedy rather than outright parody.

Set in “the year humankind lost planet Earth,” it features likable, mildly clueless protagonis­ts. They’re not so stupid that you don’t want to

root for them, but they’re definitely dumber than you’d imagine yourself being in similar circumstan­ces. Π•½

 ?? Keshet Studios ?? Sunita Mani and John Reynolds star as a clueless couple coping
with an invasion from outer space in Save Yourselves!
Keshet Studios Sunita Mani and John Reynolds star as a clueless couple coping with an invasion from outer space in Save Yourselves!

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