At once briskly and deliberately paced, sustaining a precise narrative clarity even as it seems to flow with the logic of a nightmare, the film confounds expectations and defies easy categorization. Is it a high-art "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"? A feminist rethink of the Ed Gein story? All of the above, perhaps, though it also turns out to be about something much more universal, which is a child's instinctive desire for companionship — a need that will ultimately be met, and by any means necessary.
December 01, 2016