Maybe a formal experiment more than anything, but a compelling one at that. Parallels to be drawn with Mike Figgis' Timecode, but more focused on a single character, and much better for it. A shame that it was a one off, would be great to see McDonald push further with it. And what's more, I'd love to see the videogame XIII (based on the comic) given this treatment. Yes please.
Such a strikingly powerful film, told in a way like nothing else i've seen. Something about it called out hints of Harmony Korine or Larry Clark, very raw, real, jolting imagery and a wonderfully bleak performance from Ellen Page. I would recommend to anyone who likes things a little off kilter and angry.
Although the story is basic, the intentionally degraded cinematic style kept me entertained for most of it and so did the "arty" sound mix. The multiple screens at once thing is very brave, and while it looks cool and sounds great with the various aspects from each shot being heard in the one audio mix, it made my head feel pressure, like having my eyes spread across my face as if in a Dali painting.
hated the film the first time i watched it. the mondrian frames were just too confusing and overwhelming. watched it a second time around and really enjoyed it for some odd reason, especially the final shot where tracey walks away from billy and into the snowstorm.