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PARK CITY -- Filmmaker Raed Andoni has superseded the talking-heads documentary by filming a talking-from-back-of-heads opus. A dull, distended look into the fragile psychology of a Palestinian living under Israeli occupation, "Fix ME" is aesthetically graceless and, ultimately, annoying.

In this stark documentary, Andoni has a relentless tension headache which he tries to cure through psychotherapy. Amazingly, Andoni captures 20 of his sessions, all filmed statically with usually his therapist seated with his back to the camera. Andoni is a morose, asocial individual whom his family ridicules for his excessive gloominess; in any event, he's a sourpuss, and doesn't generate much viewer empathy or interest.

When the dolorous discussion about the condition his condition is in wanders outside the doc's office, it's similarly uninteresting as he whines to friends and relatives. Often, these scenes are set in his car as he drives around the ugly countryside. Again, it's filmed in the back-of-talking-heads style, as the camera is positioned in the backseat. These "action" scenes show us the back of Andoni's noggin as well as the back of the luckless individual who has to endure his whining.

On the plus side, filmmaker Raed Andoni has a droll sense of humor and some of the retorts of family members and friends about his malady are dead-on critical, especially when slamming his narcissism.

Venue: Sundance Film Festival

Section: World Cinema Documentary Competition
Production: A Dar Films/Arte France Cinema/Akka Films/Rouge International, Les Films de Zayna production.
Director: Raed Andoni
Producers: Julie Gayet, Nadia Turincev, Nicolas Wadimoff
Executive producer: Palmyre Badinier
Directors of photography: Aldo Mugnier, Filip Zumbrunn
Editor: Tina Baz
No rating, 98 minutes