Digital. Pereda is undoubtedly an idiosyncratic filmmaker and his films are without any kind of confusion with another filmmaker and this generates me an immediate sympathy and will to stick. It turns out that their repeated inconsistency, intimately linked to the projects themselves, also limit my willingness to join. However, there are always good reasons to see it, as, for example, the first long sequence shot.
What is the point in making the characters sleep that much? Only for creating surreal atmosphere? I couldn't get it. In the beginning, it was like a student apartment house and the students (a little older though for being a college student) were getting ready for their final exams. Later, their sleeping habit has lasted long enough to make the film sleepy.
This film is incredibly clever, not always finding a way exactly deliver the message it wishes to convey. I was always struck by the atmospheric manipulation to be creepy when it needed to be. The build up of the film is spot on, able to tangentially tell its story with a number of narrative devices that felt fresh when it would have so easily been gimmicky in a lesser film. Deeply flawed, but still lovable for them.
Uh, okay. From what I can gather, this movie is basically a chocolate box of evocations about the walls between people, the walls between the interior and exterior world, the walls between being asleep and awake, etc. And invoking a story about a creature that lives inside a series of inter-connected walls makes sense. But the damning thing about this movie is that it's very simple and boring.