a manic pixie dream girl movie in reverse. instead of free-wheelin' whimsy as psychological salvation, the same mojo stands for existential ruin. in both tropes, the girl has no friends, or job or non-romantic external motivations... she's a metaphor for male psychology. this has better acting and editing than "garden state," but it's ultimately just as shallow. girls like milena only exist in old fart imaginations.
More of the ineffable world of Nicolas Roeg. Perhaps one stumbled upon while moving through that other decadent space inhabited by Bowie's character in The Man who Fell to Earth. Remember those endless rooms, wall-papered, with a ping-pong table...an exquisitely decorated prison with an appeal that makes one shudder?
It's Roeg so its going to be interesting in the execution but at no point could I find a point of entry for the characters. Obsession needs to strike a chord in order to be relevant and yet I found myself at a distant remove all the way through the film despite my interest in the subject matter. Really showcases how awful Garfunkel is as an actor and that Carnal Knowledge simply played on his inherent blandness.
Psychological whore-or. What a GREAT score. A bit understructured in the second act. Unique story and powerful characters. Right up there with Carnal Knowledge but here the character is dishonest with himself to the very end. Nice use of small objects to tell story. Why does this take place in Vienna?