Laura and Kate Mulleavy make quite an impressive directorial debut here with an enigmatic tale of a woman spiralling into madness over the guilt of the death of her mother. Kirsten Dunst gives an eccentric but powerful turn here in what may be her finest performance. Wonderfully shot and edited with a visual flair that is quite astounding from first time directors.
Hmmm what to say. Something quite beautiful can be so dull after all. Kirsten can't carry a film by herself, especially when it seems to have a message, but doesn't say anything at all. Quite a sensory experience though. Depression, grief and loss through drug-induced dreams, and hazy diaphanous days.
Hoping Woodshock and the brilliantly talented Mulleavy sisters don't go unnoticed in the Film world. What a debut masterpiece. So hard to believe this is their first step in Cinema. Puts pro-directors to shame. They sure know how to create a beautiful and hauting environment, along with a masterfully crafted script. The cinematography, the production design & costume design are simply breathtaking.
Maybe can't in good conscience unconditionally recommend to everyone a movie that is so clearly about my personal relationship w/ Kirsten Dunst (spoiler: we's one person), but surely anybody who has spent any considerable amount of time smoking grass and listening to Galaxie 500 will find themselves at home. It's also about Mother Earth and the pull of the womb. It's also how I always imagined Humboldt County.
The Mulleavys are fascinated with texture, and the film's best scenes see Kirsten Dunst fingering the inside of a crystal glass, licking dirt and blood off of of her hands, and wrapping herself in a plastic shower liner. When she walks aimlessly around her home we sense her desperation, how untethered she feels in her world. This is a broken woman who is floating (sometimes literally) and craves any connection.