A Very Sunny Morning (2006)

If I told you I knew what Eric Carter’s film “A Very Sunny Morning” was about, I’d be lying through my teeth. Carter’s surrealist comedy is probably one of the weirdest and unusual short films I’ve seen since Sundance, with a plot that’s almost nonsensical. I say nonsensical in the sense that I really couldn’t understand what the hell was going on in front of me. But surprisingly enough, Carter’s film is not completely meant to be understood. He goes for the more dream vs. reality, and our consciousness hook that folks like Charlie Kaufman have in their films. And Carter succeeds with his experiment. A couple sits down to breakfast, goofing around, and is suddenly called to attention by a floating head in an old television.

Time, reality, and sense mean nothing to this film, and in many ways that’s a good thing. I was never sure which  time period I watching this film take place in as everything about the kitchen this couple is in, including their radio are very old, and suddenly we’re warped by a laptop. Carter really does manage to create a mind fuck of a movie that will leave audiences confused but also generally willing to sit down again and watch it until they can find answers. And when a filmmaker can inspire that much emotion into their audience, they’ve done their jobs. Eric Carter’s film will not be an easy sell, this I’ll admit, but if you’re a fan of movies like “Eternal Sunshine…” and “I Heart Huckabees,” this film will have a fighting chance with you.

The acting is just tight all around, and Carter has skill with the camera. I was honestly very confused by what took place, and much of the sequences are so well done it’s hard to believe this seems to be a generally micro-budget film. “A Very Sunny Morning” is a truly unusual and bizarre film, and it’s one that deserves a glimpse, because Carter seems to have a lot of tricks up his sleeve. And I’m curious to see what he does next. Eric Carter looks to be yet another surrealist mad man operating the film camera and storming film festivals, and I’m anxious to see what he can do next with a longer format. “A Very Sunny Morning” is an odd, weird, and entertaining head scratcher, and one worth the watch.