The Strongest Man

The hero of this indie comedy is a muscle-bound, childlike construction worker in Miami who’s afraid of girls and whose prized possession is a gold-painted BMX bike; his best friend is a Korean-American named Conan who sports a ridiculous bowl cut and whose immigrant parents talk in 50s TV cliches. Writer-director Kenny Riches lays on the whimsy pretty thick, and his sub-Jarmusch deadpan style (inert camera, intentionally flat line readings) adds another layer of affect to the story. Some of the jokes work, like the out-of-left-field allusions to the acclaimed Thai art film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives or the hero narrating the film in purple Spanish. This might have made for an amusing short, given how little happens in the story. In English and subtitled Spanish.