A psychologically damaged young woman grapples with her memories in a cult as she attempts to assimilate back into normal life. Her past and present intermingle as she tries to shake off a dreadful sense of paranoia.
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Despite a stunning performance by Elizabeth Olsen and an immense feeling of dread, this film really could have used a rewrite. It might have been a powerful statement with a tighter script, but ultimately it feels pointless because the ending is too vague and there's no payoff of any kind. It's frustrating, because the potential for greatness is definitely there.
The comparison here between upper-class suburban life to a cult may be an interesting one, as both groups are about assimilation and following what you are told, unless of course you don't fit in, try to break free, or are not accepted. While the acting is good, the characters feel less like people, and more like a plot device for that message. Ultimately, the narrative is more repetitive and gimmicky than weighty.
I'll give you one guess to whom all the acting chops were bestowed in la familia Olsen. Gorgeous-looking film, interesting corn-fed faces, farmers' bodies. The eerie feeling of claustrophobia in wide open spaces. This movie made me crave salads & a gun.
so refreshing not to be scared by a camera movement towards a closed door or by a sudden music burst telling me to be.
to be scared by simply and attentively observing relations between human beings or between a body and a landscape.
will be a perfect example for my cinema students of how many possibilities for filming we loose when we accept to easily and comfortably move within the realm of cinema genre.
More a portrait of a shattered woman than anything else. The film sets an increasingly anxious mood and plays some decent head games which make for adequate homages to its influences (Polanski, Hitchcock.) However these are two filmmakers who were often defined by their powerful and revelatory climaxes, something this film definitely lacks. It unfortunately never hits that peak, and was thus slightly underwhelming.