Komasa is almost a documentarian. His grasp of internet culture is remarkable: para-social relationships, deception, alienation, doom & gloom, public shaming, emo, chat rooms, self-harm videos, hikikomori... the cyberutopia of the Nineties has been replaced by the nihilistic tendencies of social media. Beata will return ten years later in The Hater: cunning, cynical, abusive, mad. Like the world that Zuckerberg made.
Having mix feelings about this one. On one hand it is an interesting study about mental illness and the recent fascination with the internet. On the other, Dominik's relationship with his classmates after the 'incident' was underdeveloped and the overlong animated scenes take away the impact of the story; not to mention that they actually add little to the story after awhile. I'm being generous with my rating.
I'm surprised I liked this as much as I did. Jakub Gierszal is a very talented young actor, that probably explains a bit of it. Dark and depressing, the animated scenes get on the nerves after a while, and the ending is rather unnecessary, but all the same I enjoyed it.