Best movie ever!
A film with more than the usual spoiler issues. Talking about it in any detail feels akin to handing you a gift-wrapped present and saying, "I hope you like it -- It's a thriller about a diabolical secret experiment."
An old-fashioned movie made with new-fashioned finesse.
Exactly the movie you think it is, but not the movie you want it to be.
Which is both telling and sad. Telling because there's nothing in the movie of any substance or meaning. And sad because there is no plot. All that's left for the reviewer is to retell the scenes. I felt I was being trolled by the writer director by being forced to watch nothing until I had some kind of reaction. Like Freudian therapy where the therapist says nothing in an effort to upset the patient into a 'breakthrough. In any case you will watch and watch and watch and ultimately feel the experiment is you. Alternatively the movie is so indie that everyone is supposed to think it's genius, a new art form even, so that no one will ever mention that the emperor has no clothes. On a technical level there's no backing music, the sound of tinny and flat, if the lighting is natural then Montana gets less sun than Scotland. The camera work is good. At least there's no shaky cam. There's very little dialog but the interminable lengths of scenes isn't as irritating as you would think. They're just pointless.The acting is sturdy enough though all the cheering that this is a master class in acting is off. Laura Dern really is one dimensional. Michelle Williams really is one dimensional. Kirsten Stewart is the personification of bored robotic stoner 'drama'. All in all the movie is like an existentialist play where all the characters are dead and in hell but they don't know it, spending eternity in a dull dead entropic nothing where nothing happens
When I first saw the cast I thought it might be good, wow was I sadly mistaken. Boring and totally none eventful.
I get it that most men and some groups of women may not "get" this movie, but I loved it. What a poignant look at the lives and character of each of these women: two lonely, sensitive, and unfulfilled and the other manipulative and self-absorbed. The writer/director gives us snapshots of these people's lives; it's up to us to discern the rest. This is pretty close to the perfect film in my opinion.
That was the biggest waste of time! That was one of the worst endings I've seen n my life!