Loosely adapted around a memoir by David Sedaris, the latest film from director Kyle Patrick Alvarez, "C.O.G," tells the story of a recent Yale University graduate, who heads out to Oregon to experience a different side of life. NY1's George Whipple filed the following report.
"C.O.G.," the latest film from director Kyle Patrick Alvarez, takes place in an apple orchard and is a loose adaptation of a memoir by American humorist and comedian David Sedaris.
"My aim wasn't like to go and make a David Sedaris movie," says Alvarez. "This story in particular had always stuck with me. It dealt with themes of religion and sexuality in a way that I felt was really funny and accessible."
The main character, David, is played by Jonathan Groff.
Fresh out of grad school at Yale, David heads out to Oregon to work in an apple orchard and experience the other side of life.
"He thinks people are really going to be impressed by his education and his attitude and his smarts, and everyone's the exact opposite of it," Alvarez says.
David finally engages with someone he can relate to, Curly, who is played by Corey Stoll.
"Curly represents everything he wanted to get from this experience but hadn't gotten so far," Alvarez says.
Curly ends up trying to take the relationship to another level.
"It was like one of those reasons I wanted to make the movie. It's just one of those reveals that I think is really great," Alvarez says.
David, more vulnerable than ever, decides to move on.
Enter Jon, played by Denis O'Hare.
Jon, who teaches David how to make objects out of Jade, is also able to take David from a staunch atheist to a born-again Christian.
"I felt that's kind of what he was ultimately looking for, was to sort of to fit in to a group of people, and a church can offer that for better or worse, more strongly than anything else can," Alvarez says. "Whether he stays true to being a Christian for the rest of his life or not isn't important. What's important is that moment that we're talking about on the altar. That's real for him."
"C.O.G." is at the Village East Cinema as well as Lincoln Center and is also available on Video on Demand.