Marvelous. I remember hearing something when I was a teenager about how some teacher tried to dissuade Barkin from becoming an actress by telling her she looked like someone broke her face or something like that, but she went ahead with her dream anyways. I like that.
Must-see for Ellen Barkin fans! She has done some incredible work in her career, and not only do I grant her the self-indulgence of this film, I appreciate it, along with her unmitigated chutzpah to give the film a name that would ensure that no theater would ever run it, let alone put it up on the marquee. A bit uneven, but I found it a real treat. Perhaps this film doesn't deserve 4 stars, but Barkin deserves 5!
At some point the character says that being someone else can be very addictive and that's what you get from this character, she doesn't stop to look around during the journey of her life, she never stops to think. Once she is left alone with herself and her choices all she has are regrets, loneliness and lack of purpose. It's like watching an internal dialogue on the screen. Barkin is great.
The feeling of depression is unpretentiously expressed in the film. The performance of Ellen Barkin was great. The main character said in one part of the film :"Being someone else can be very addictive". It is a film on confrontation with yourself and with the reality of aging and how depressing these would be.
Beautifully surreal, I don't think many films explore loneliness, regrets, the inability to feel happiness better than "Shit Year". I loved the visual style, it's a stunning b&w daydream. Ellen Barkin is amazing, strong performances overall. While probably it's not for everyone, it definitely is a unique experience that feels honest.