Runtime: 110 min
Vinyl is a penetrating, almost disturbing film about the compulsions of an anti-social cadre of quirky hobbyists who collect vinyl records. Director Alan Zweig’s personal, comic exploration of guilt and obsessive behaviour is conveyed through clever semantics and philosophical musings. He talks to fellow collectors such as Atom Egoyan and Don McKellar, to a guy who wants to collect every record ever made, and to a fellow whose apartment is so full of records he has to move them to get into bed at night. Five years in the making and similar in spirit to Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb (1994) and Ross McElwee’s Sherman’s March (1986), Vinyl portrays a personal attempt by one lonely man to discover whether anyone shares his obsession, and what the psychic costs are of his pursuits.