Dystopian view of American rural life, highlighting frail social norms that hold society together. If this is how Americans see their world of sexual frustration and family tensions a strange Handmaidens' world in small scale, violent and oppressive, not for the feint heart.
My persistence with the filmography of Josephine Decker with this, the best film I have seen from her so far. There are decent performances from Sophie Traub, Joe Swanberg, Kristin Slaysman, and others, and the third act takes an impressively unexpected turn that changes the entire tone of the movie.
Some really great ideas here. Decker creates beautiful and surreal moments with real psychosexual menace - a really bold film. However, the end falters and the metaphysical structure doesn't quite work for me. But some really standout moments and glad that Decker brought this all together so nicely in Madeline's Madeline. A really interesting cinematic voice to watch!
really enjoyed the delirious sloshing back and to and what seemed to be a semi improv take to filming. but i withdrew at the ending, as it slipped into the stubborn territory of cliché backwoods, Deliverance, Texas Chainsaw etc. really was not at all necessary. Shame. this had a real fresh swing to it, originality and a breathlessness so needed in American film.
De nuevo, siento que es una película sobrevalorada. La reiteración de ciertas situaciones que el argumento se estanque inncesariamante. El cine posnarrativo emplea muchas estrategias, entre ellas está el paisaje, pero aquí pareciera no jugar un papel claro...se sugiere que va a ser preponderante en la situación psicológica de los personajes...pero se queda en esa leve insinuación y la resolución es desproporcionada
I don’t like films that try to hold audience attention by depriving them from information. Too many closeups, out of focus shots, shooting in the dark and throwing a few flashes once in a while might make me pay attention temporarily cause I want to know what is going on but they bewilder and disappoint me in the end. Story must be inherently exciting & rely on its own to engage audience and present the idea clearly.
Die unerhörte Spannung, von der dieser Film lebt, sind den wunderbaren Bildern geschuldet, die wie Puzzlesteine die Handlung erschließen. Mit unerhörter Wucht schlägt Sexualität und Gewalt auf das Publikum ein, ohne aber die so oft benutzten Klischees zu nutzen. Etwas Neues kommt da auf die Leinwand, etwas, das in seiner Tiefe schon fast Poesie ist.
There is much referencing in this Southern gothic thriller in terms of filmmaking style, including Terrence Malick, David Lynch, Robert Altman, and Ingmar Bergman. The director's taste is promising but a lack of mature vision and distillation keeps it from becoming more than a contrived pastiche even as it sensually careens into violent oblivion.
Gayet Amerikan tarzı bir film gibi. Soyutlanmış bir çiftlik evi ve o evdekilere ait birkaç gizlenmiş sır. Süreç içinde bu sırlar, tüm eylemleri belirliyor. Fazla kanlı ve içe kapanık bir film... Çiftliğin eğlenceli ve renkli görünümü bizzat karamsarlığın ve karanlığın gücünü artırıyor...
Not profound in its captivation, odd and bizarre while not being attractive for it. The finale is pessimistic and utterly irrelevant, even in a world where bastards can flourish nevertheless. One thing that made me question the work on a narrative level was whether or not the intend was to give us the hints of what was coming: was there a captive victim lingering trough the whole film? This to me is a B movie at best
a wondrous sensual extremity with a deeply melophonic use of music , josephine decker takes tinges of thematic explorations from stellet licht and so with a literal image transcription of human desires superimposed with the strident and complex animal bodies . a tad bit controlled , but overflows with highly intuitive moving images . American cinema at its glory.
A film that starts as a beautiful erotic summer dream and end up as a surreal horror nightmare for unfaithful men that could be a kind of twisted version of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (without Leatherface that is). Not for all tastes due to how it suddenly changes genre, but that si also what makes it stand apart from the rest.