Seeking consolation in a support group after a vicious attack, a young woman gradually comes to realize that nothing in her life is as it appears, in this shocking and challenging thriller from director Zack Parker (Scalene).
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What gives this film the much-deserved praise one would expect is the twisting curves that nobody can anticipate. Named from the condition Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, we find several characters all obsessed with creating circumstances with the goal of drawing attention to themselves. It is a film that takes an attentive eye, no less one for detail, and may take more than one viewing. It is superbly brilliant.
Originating from the desires to tell a story about Munchhausen by proxy syndrome and to make a move where cinephiles steeped in the language of cinema would be surprised and have their expectations confounded, Zach Parker created a movie that you really do have to pay attention to and where you will likely lead yourself astray.I expect it will reward repeat viewings. One caveat: the sound designs needs work;
For about 56 minutes this movie is very good! Demented, brutal, ominous, disturbing, tragic and well executed. But halfway there is a narrative shift that place us in a less interesting place and story. Shame about that! Otherwise performances are strong (except for Swanberg who is out of his depth acting wise) and the direction assured.