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Directed byNoah Hutton
Written byNoah Hutton
Produced by
  • Jesse Miller
  • Joseph Varca
  • Taylor Hess
  • Dean Imperial
  • Madeline Wise
  • Babe Howard

CinematographyMike Gomes
Edited byNoah Hutton
Music byNoah Hutton
Release date
  • July 11, 2020 (2020-07-11) (Bucheon)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States

Lapsis is a 2020 science fiction film written and directed by Noah Hutton.[1] The film premiered at the 2020 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival.[2]


In a parallel present, delivery man Ray Tincelli is struggling to support himself and his ailing younger brother. After a series of 2-bit hustles and unsuccessful swindles, Ray takes a job in a strange new realm of the gig economy: trekking deep into the forest, pulling cable over miles of terrain to connect large, metal cubes that link together the new quantum trading market. As he gets pulled deeper into the zone, he encounters growing hostility and the threat of robot cablers, and must choose to either help his fellow workers or to get rich and get out.


  • Dean Imperial as Ray[3]
  • Babe Howard as Ray's ill younger brother[3]
  • Madeline Wise as Anna[3]


Phil Hoad of The Guardian gave the film three out of five stars.[4] Dennis Harvey for Variety praised the film as a 'clever' satire of the gig economy.[5] Hutton was nominated for Best First Screenplay at the 36th Independent Spirit Awards.[6]

On Rotten Tomatoes, Lapsis has an approval rating of 95% based on 58 reviews. The site’s critics consensus reads, "Lapsis binds economic anxiety to an unsettling sci-fi story set in the not-too-distant future, with smartly inventive results."[7]


  1. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (February 11, 2021). "'Lapsis' Review: Cable Not So Basic". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 12, 2021. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  2. ^ "Lapsis". BIFAN. Retrieved July 3, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Abele, Robert (February 11, 2021). "Review: Clever sci-fi satire 'Lapsis' sees the gig economy as a new wilderness". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on June 8, 2021. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  4. ^ Hoad, Phil (June 28, 2021). "Lapsis review – sci-fi satire targets the gig economy". The Guardian. Archived from the original on June 29, 2021. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  5. ^ Harvey, Dennis (August 17, 2020). "'Lapsis' Review: A Clever, Slightly Futuristic Gig Economy Satire". Variety. Archived from the original on March 3, 2021. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  6. ^ "Film Independent Spirit Awards: 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always,' 'Minari,' 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,' 'Nomadland' Top Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. January 26, 2021. Archived from the original on June 2, 2021. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  7. ^ "Lapsis". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 27, 2022.

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