This film has bad acting along with a poor sense of musical taste. Without reading the synopsis you would have no idea what’s going on. The plot of this film makes you have to watch every second closely. If you miss one second you might miss something important. In my opinion it makes it uninteresting. The way the girls talk is somewhat confusing. It is always making you think what exactly are they talking about.
Unlike others, I do find the cinematography somewhat cozy and the premise is an interesting place to start but everything else is dreadful. Either the director is inexperienced, inept, or this film is so meticulously constructed to the idea of detachment and unique perspective that the director would not compromise the film even a little to let the audience in. I assume it to be the first thing I listed.
The film’s central tension is clarified with Helen’s Proust quotation: “‘So many worlds will we have at our disposal. More different from each other than those that circle in the void.’” “What does that mean?” “That’s all.” “I don’t know what you want me to see.” A daring, excellent film. A deeply affectionate ivory tower satire which laughs at absurd detachment while affirming the artistic project.
dangerously close to the so-bad-it's-good territory, this piece of semiological science fiction is "objectively bad": the inscrutable lighting, amateurish acting, confusing editing and lousy 16mm cinematography make it look like an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? and yet, its high tech pastoral aesthetics and its concept (the material applications of hermeneutics in real life) make it strangely hypnotic.
This film pushes the boundaries of what "bad" can mean. In fact a negative star rating would more appropriate. Cinematography: Horrible Photography : Terrible Acting: Abominable Script: Oh My Gawd BAD Music: Repulsively unsuitable The fact that it is shot in 16mm compounds the sense of some long forgotten 50's attempt at Sci-Fi that somebody found and is using to bait pseudo-intellectuals. A truly bad, BAD film !
One should never become too open-minded - the gaps get too large and who knows what plasma might seep in. How did I get here? I don't even remember why I wanted to see this. Sadly, although art outside of a capitalist framework should always be supported, having good taste does not mean I should endure your barely constructed, barely conceived, contribution to this great venture I waste too much time considering.
A pastel-drenched, New England take on playful, Jacques Rivette-style conspiracism. In their BAM Q&A the directors described the film in terms of post-collegiate aimlessness. But instead of tired tropes of millenial drifting, we get a scifi story about obsessive pattern-recognition, where a dead-end summer job spent staring at a screen turns into disciphering the secrets of the universe. A fascinating & unique debut.
The plot is not my cup of tea (Too unexplained to be normal and not weird enough to be surreal) but it's wrapped up in such a quaint way I can't help but like it. Shot in lovely 16mm, in a lovely little town. The look of the girls! Great experimental soundtrack. And Herbert the lighthouse keeper might just be my favorite character of this festival. Talked with the directors too, they were super nice! || IndieLX15