All My Friends Are Funeral Singers is a quirky independent film that ranges comedy and drama, but beneath the surface tells a tale of death, mortality and moving on. The basic premise revolves around a fortune teller named Zel who has a house full of ghosts living with her. They help her in her extra-sensory business, providing information for her to relay to her clients. This includes allowing her to channel the spirits of the dead as well as picking horses for one of her gambling customers.
The movie details the relations that Zel has with her clients, the ghosts that inhabit her home and other characters, though only in passing. The plot-driven part of the story lies in the mystery that develops around whether Zel has trapped the ghosts in order to use their power for her own profit or whether she’s just as in the dark as they are when it comes to them being able to move on.
Zel’s part of the story is very straightforward and done in a typical indie-styled free-cam method. This is interspersed with musical numbers from the ghosts (four of which are blind members of a band) and documentary-style interviews with some of the ghosts. The sum total of all these elements amounts to something that seems like a semi-candid look into the world of the dead and the living, comparing and contrasting the two. Conversations touch on such subjects as sex after death and the nature of moving on once one has ended the mortal life.
This movie is certainly not for everyone. The pacing is slow and the editing somewhat erratic at times, making it harder to follow than most flicks unless you pay strict attention. There is no complex plot, so following the movie revolves around observing the various happenings as opposed to keeping track of events. There are many messages in All My Friends Are Funeral Singers for those that have the motivation to dig deeper. All in all, I was pleasantly surprise and pleased with the film and would recommend it to those who have a love of strange independent movies.