In my opinion, this is one of the most influential movies about identity ever made. Perhaps Altman's most avant-garde feature in a time of more experimental films for him in the last 70's. The performances of Spacek and Duvall are so oddly captivating and mesmerizing in this rabbit hole of a movie. Before you know it you find yourself in a state of strange psychic dysphoria. Excellent.
90/100 (Estetik tatmini arayan, kendi zevki için film yapan, gişe başarısını umursamayan, dünyanın anlamını çoktan çözmüş birisi film yapınca böyle oluyor sanırım. O kadar uzun süre olmuştu ki böyle "hayal" gibi bir film izlemeyeli. Unutmuşum bu tadı. Persona'dan bi kaç ufak aşırtma ve karakter değişimindeki sıradanlıklar dışında kusur aramak yedinci sanata saygısızlık. Altman seni saygıyla selamlıyorum. )
You just live life as whoever you are. And one day, you're still living life, and while nothing has changed, it seems like everything has changed. And you're a completely different person. No matter how many variations of a melt you can still make, everything has still changed.
from the first dreamlike underwater sequence (like amniotic fluid) revealing placid ageing bodies plodding in a therapeutic pool, altman sets up a surreal narrative that dwells carefully upon ideas of birth, regeneration and the interexchange of self. honestly, going in, was skeptical to how altman would contemplate his female characters but his grasp of their interior lives deserves due credit.
Oh sure, Persona's great. You know what it needs though? Americana. Like Joshua Tree Americana. With guns. Okay that's good, but it's missing social security number fraud & the abjection of aging. Now slow it down, really deceive the audience into believing they're watching mimetic realism. Almost there--needs some amnesia, Jungian sex-witchery and--ah! a violent home-birth scene. Magnificent.