Max leaves his lakeside town to live with his father on the fringe of suburban Arizona. Both fever dream and quiet trip, PAVILION creates a deep and ethereal world, showing us an innocent way of life coming apart at the seams, constructing an indelible image of the enigma of youth.
Not your average slice-of-life or coming-of-age film. While it's beautifully shot, don't expect to remember many details as not much is happening. Whatever the film is trying to say, at least it's honest.
One could argue this is a movie about nothing, but I saw it as about so much. The camera perspective is "fly on the wall" with no apparent script. We simply observe teens doing their thing. However, this is hardly boring. I found it to be rather hypnotic.