NO MATTER WHAT, SYLVIO GAVE ME BELLY LAUGHS AND EVOCATIVE FEELS. THUS FAR, IT IS MY FAVORITE FILM OF THE YEAR. A MOST DISTURBING YEAR, BUT STILL
Sylvio is a gorilla working for a debt collection agency (go with us here) but isn’t happy with his job. He’s soon “promoted” to house calls collecting outstanding debts.
In accordance with his job he arrives at the house of Al Reynolds (played by co-Director Kentucker Audley) who’s running a very low-fi public television variety show from his basement. Sylvio is mistaken for Al’s next guest who’s meant to be a novelty juggler of breakables. Sylvio gives it a go and inadvertently becomes a hit on the show with his special skill becoming the destruction of props put in his way.
Unknown to all though is Sylvio’s secret hobby of producing short hand-puppet videos called The Quiet Times With Herbert Herpels. These are actually quite beautiful to watch (they really are) and constantly jar the film out of oddball magical realism to something quite special and strangely able to bring a tear to the eye.
Sylvio is a cool low budget surprise through and through.