Artsploitation Films has announced the DVD and Digital release of Aik Karapetian‘s (The Man in the Orange Jacket) Lavian thriller Firstborn, a subtle and quietly devastating thriller about a man whose masculinity is put in question by his wife after his feeble reaction to a mugging. He then feels compelled to exact revenge on his attacker.
Maja Doveika, Kaspars Znotins, Dainis Grube, and Kaspars Zale star in the film written and directed by Karapetian.
In the intense yet coolly observed psychological thriller, Francis is a meek middle-aged architect trapped in an unhappy with his younger wife Katrina. After a party, the childless couple is robbed by a thuggish young motorcyclist. Disappointed by her husband’s feeble reaction to the attacker, their relationship further deteriorates. The bespectacled Francis, his long-dormant masculinity now ignited, seeks and finally confronts the man, an encounter which ends in the accidental death of the thief. The violent outcome seems to bring the two together and the wife soon becomes pregnant. But when a menacing blackmailer enters the picture, Francis now must fight for his very manhood. A mesmerizing and unnerving tale.