The Guatemalan Handshake

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The Guatemalan Handshake
Poster of the movie The Guatemalan Handshake.jpg
Directed by Todd Rohal
Release dates 2006
Running time 1 hr. 36 min.

The Guatemalan Handshake is a 2006 comedy-drama film, written and directed by Todd Rohal. It is Rohal's feature film debut. The film premiered at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize.

Story[edit]

In the confusion following a massive power outage, an awkward demolition derby driver vanishes, setting in motion a series of events affecting his pregnant girlfriend, his helplessly car-less father, a pack of wild boy scouts, a lactose intolerant roller rink employee, an elderly woman in search of her lost dog, and his best friend – a ten-year-old girl named Turkeylegs.

Pieces of the mystery begin to come together as Turkeylegs sets out to find her missing friend. Cars drive circles in the dirt, a woman attends her own funeral, the sun rises sideways and an orange vehicle trades hands again and again. Everything eventually culminates in a massive demolition derby that throws all of the characters into different directions.

Main cast[edit]

  • Katy Haywood — Turkeylegs
  • Ken Byrnes — Mr. Turnupseed
  • Will Oldham — Donald Turnupseed
  • Sheila Scullin — Sadie
  • Rich Schreiber — Stool
  • Kathleen Kennedy — Ethel Firecracker
  • Cory McAbee — Spank Williams

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