Helen, a young forest lookout, invites Charlie to come live and work with her. But this is an odd job in an odd Maine village, for Helen soon explains she can predict financial movements by looking at footage of the forest.
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A pastel-drenched, New England take on playful, Jacques Rivette-style conspiracism. In their BAM Q&A the directors described the film in terms of post-collegiate aimlessness. But instead of tired tropes of millenial drifting, we get a scifi story about obsessive pattern-recognition, where a dead-end summer job spent staring at a screen turns into disciphering the secrets of the universe. A fascinating & unique debut.
Really bummed out. The writing and directing for this film are spectacular! The concept and approach are interesting and aesthetically, the film is really stunning. The unfortunate part, is that the acting is making the movie downright unwatchable for me.
The film’s central tension is clarified with Helen’s Proust quotation:
“‘So many worlds will we have at our disposal. More different from each other than those that circle in the void.’”
“What does that mean?”
“I don’t know what you want me to see.”
A daring, excellent film. A deeply affectionate ivory tower satire which laughs at absurd detachment while affirming the artistic project.
dangerously close to the so-bad-it's-good territory, this piece of semiological science fiction is "objectively bad": the inscrutable lighting, amateurish acting, confusing editing and lousy 16mm cinematography make it look like an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? and yet, its high tech pastoral aesthetics and its concept (the material applications of hermeneutics in real life) make it strangely hypnotic.