This is a modern horror story. Rather astonished at how much I liked it and how well it hangs together - the incredible movie poster, the typography and closing credits and the in-between portrayal of friendship, mental illness, baggage, obligation, resentment, helplessness, unlikeableness, unsympatheic characters. The score is fantastic. The slow swivel of shifting dynamics.
I liked this only because I first interpreted it as being about how men impact and infect women's relations with each other, our physical/mental health and also ability to find peace and comfort in each other. From that perspective it's valuable to me. Beyond that men need to be outright banned from writing/directing stories that explore ~female madness~ and the sexuality of teenage girls.
For a film that is supposed to be about mental illness and a deteriorating friendship, it fails badly to show any believable emotional feeling or turmoil and it doesn't even show why they were friends in the first place. A poor excuse of storytelling, that resembles an unoriginal music video or bad TV drama. This film would've made more sense as sci-fi or as a music video. Not even fancy font can save this mess.
worthless repulsive garbage. You see from a mile the director is a man who knows shit. I don't care about what you need to do to affirm yourself as a director. You make me vomit and I hate you. Stick to your shit before adventuring into unknown land. To the viewer: use your time wisely and and watch Through a Glass Darkly instead of this shit
A beautiful failure. The summer light in particular is fantastic here, and unexpected with this kind of heavy-tragic atmosphere (rainy and stormy come often on the menu). But the pretentious Bergman writing is bad, the bourgeois drama quite tiring. I understand Alex Ross Perry likes to test our nerves, he loves to be provoking instead of giving the audience what they're looking for. But still a failure it is.
This movie definitely proves Alex Ross Perry is one of the most audacious and talented indie directors working in the US today; a strange mix of Polanski, Baumbach and Allen with a powerful performance from Elisabeth Moss. Perry's style feels so delectably cinematic and so mysteriously subtle - I always enjoy that strong anti-plot approach he establishes with his language. Really looking forward to GOLDEN EXITS now!
Excelentes representações. Muito intenso e de uma claustrofobia e desconfortabilidade gigante, que leva facilmente o espectador a visualizar-se no lugar de Virgínia. Bastante confuso mas de uma excelente cinematografia. O final foi demasiado inconclusivo e vago, o que torna difícil a sua interpretação, o que também é dificultado pelas contradições que observamos ao longo do filme.
Like 'Girls', only less cinematic :p It was all bickerdreadbickerbreadbickerdread. A star for the soundtrack at least and Elisabeth Moss's performance. The scene with her boyfriend at the start was a good example of how someone speaking in a "rational" voice in an argument can be far more aggressive than someone shouting in tears. But I really didn't like it!
3.5 It helps to watch this as a 'small' low-key drama that pays homage to old American psychological horrors in mood/feel rather than trying to equal them. There's no big payoff or overly surreal scenes and that's fine! I appreciated the little things about the film such as the music, the great performances, the location etc. Nothing grand but a haunting little gem nonetheless.