In a peep-show of abject gags and grease-painted resignation, a ventriloquist attempts to rid himself of his bug-bear doppelganger using fire, water . . . and a snub-nosed .38. Three attempts only cause a ventriloquist to become further sublimated by the suffocations of performance. His devil- doll becomes more and more passive-aggressive. . . while he ends up just plain aggressive.
The visual style is a raw as the ventriloquist’s nerves, evoking the puppet theatre or silent movie screen, and buzzes with a dynamic born from the intense lighting, colour palette and puppet 'performance', framed claustrophobically close or at expressionistic angles