So, this is a film that to me seems to be flying a bit under the radar. This thread is meant to both generate some attention for it and some (spoiler free) discussion of it. I actually have not yet seen it but it is on the way to me and I should be viewing it some time in the next week. It is a blind buy for me and currently priced at a very friendly $16.00 and some change at Amazon for anybody willing to dip into this one. The director/writer's last film was Primer which was a nice little sci-fi thriller that did quite a bit on a limited budget and left me feeling much anticipation for what Mr. Carruth might do next. It took nearly a decade to find out what that was and I am sorry I was unable to catch this film in a cinema but now very much look forward to watching it in my home theater.
Apparently this is one of those "love it or hate it" films and that kind of thing always intrigues me because I think it generally means the film is making some sort of strong impression on people and there is likely a very good reason for that...and with an independent film like this that reason usually is centered around the creators being allowed to create something unique without outside interference. I've seen this film make a lot of people's "10 best of 2013" lists and I've read some people bashing it without mercy. I've also read some interesting comparisons to other filmmakers I like...Terrance Malick and Andrei Tarkovsky being a couple...and while I always take comparisons to other filmmakers with a grain of salt--I think they generally alter a person's expectations in a negative way making them expect something exactly like another film and when it is not they are bitterly disappointed--this adds to the intrigue.
Even though opinion is split on the film people do seem to agree that in all of the technical aspects this is a gorgeous and wonderfully presented work. The photography, score, acting, design and editing are all praised by people on both sides of the debate. To me at least this makes this an exciting and must see film from a talented filmmaker that has offered us only two films in the last decade.
I'll report back once I have seen it but hopefully this will open discussion and debate for those that have seen it and maybe spark some interest from the locals here.