Game-themed movie 'Your Friends Close' needs to happen


Another day, another videogame related Kickstarter. This one is a little different than you might expect. It's for a movie called Your Friends Close about a married designer couple that is making an MMO that wants players to question their relationship with reality and personality, and how well you can really know another person -- à la the Turing Test.

During a going away party for the two, who are moving to fulfill their dreams, it becomes apparant that one of them may not be going after all. That turns the party into a competition of sorts for the possible open spot, which ends up straining real life relationships and friendships instead -- the things the game was meant to question in the virtual environment.

As Brock Wilbur, the movie's writer, puts it in the video below: "It's a movie about videogames, how much control they really have over us, and the emotional and psychological heartstrings that are pulled by the people behind the scenes every time I pick up a controller. And what happens when they turn that attention on each other in a real life game for much higher stakes."

It sounds like something completely different than the docu Indie Game: The Movie, and one would hope that Your Friends Close could become a mix of a designer couple's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf mixed with some Godard and Wes Anderson influences.

The Criterion buff in me is intrigued.

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