The Purple Onion

  • Dreaming Of The Sweet Life Dreaming Of The Sweet Life


San Jose Repertory Theatre Tue, Mar 11, 2014 7:00 PM
San Jose Repertory Theatre Sat, Mar 15, 2014 9:15 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Year Produced:2014
Premiere Status:Sneak Preview - Work In Progress
Production Country:United States
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Matt Szymanowski
Producer:Irma Kollar
Screenwriter:Matt Szymanowski
Cinematographer:Bartosz Nalazek
Editor:Matt Szymanowski
Blake Smith
Cast:Edwin Li
Noreen Lee
Evgeniya Shobolova
Lynn Gentry
Vint Carmona
Carla Clary
Sal Calanni
Jesse Fernandez
Larry Krone


The comedian you never heard of could still be a winner.

In this offbeat, dramatic comedy, Johnny Lee dreams of becoming a comedian. Luckily, an older female named Jeanie shows up at his doorstep. As attraction builds and tensions rise, the two make courageous strides, creating positive changes in their unfortunate lives. Surprisingly, Johnny’s one-time sexual experience with Jeanie sends him on a surge of euphoric freedom and growth. From absurd scenes of him as a bus boy at a Mexican restaurant, to awkward scenes of jealousy, you will fall in love with the unconfident, good-willed Johnny. Set to grandiose Balkan music, The Purple Onion’s distinctive narrative style mixed with its warm humanism and quirky tone resembles films by indie icons such as Aki Kaurismäki, Jim Jarmusch, and Wes Anderson.

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Included Shorts

Dreaming Of The Sweet Life (4min) More