A lonely private investigator is contacted by a mysterious woman who pulls him into a mind game known as “telephone walking”. Fascinated by her voice, Aloys discovers an imaginary universe that allows him to break out of his isolation.
Weaving dreams, perception, and the imaginary into a panoply of resourcefully imaginative filmmaking, Tobias Nölle’s award-winning debut is a true delight. It is a tale of one man’s loneliness that is uniquely both enlightening and incisive in its excursion into the labyrinth of the human mind.
Visually brooding and full of rich texture Aloys is a fresh look at depression and succeeds in fleshing out the intersection between consensus reality and the abstraction caused by mental dysfunction. It could have pushed harder and gone a little more ambiguous instead of dancing just on the edge of magical realism. 3 stars
A very good sci-fi concept, poorly executed. As the film begins, you are reminded of Harry Caul of Coppola's "The Conversation," which was brilliantly played by Gene Hackman. Secondary characters like Aloys' childhood classmate are never fleshed out. How his father died is never explained.
Funny that two others mentioned Charlie Kaufman because that’s clearly what the filmmaker was going for. But this serves as a reminder what a great writer Kaufman is and what an amazing performance Jim Carrey gave in eternal sunshine, where you could feel his misery to the point where it’s hard to keep looking at the screen. There’s none of that here- the character feels like a receptacle for tired indie tropes.