Having seen Meyerhoff all the way back when she was on FILM SCHOOL and having seen her short - TWITCH - I'm impressed by where she has taken this story, but can't help but feel that all the avant garde musings are a distraction. There's heft to the performances by the leads and as a coming of age lovers on the road movie, the movie works. The 16mm in your face art-house aesthetic comes off as pastiche, not authentic.
The little touches of stop-motion, especially when mostly integrated with otherwise 'literal' events, do a terrific job of suggesting a world that squirms at the edges, hinting at both possibility and darkness. Unfortunately, when the dark moments actually come they don't all play as well as the suggestions.
Interesting. I wanted to love this, but the dreamy multimedia visuals did not make up for the lack of a real story; the personalities of the characters did not make up for the lack of character development; the abruptness of the split-second moments that help destroy this girl's juvenile fantasy world were too thin to be heavy. I still appreciate it, but it could have been more.