Don’t watch this if you LOVE movies that end pretty definitively…
Synopsis: Two documentary filmmakers attempt to penetrate a cult who worships a woman who claims to be from the future.
So when I first saw previews for this a while back I thought, now that looks like a crazy movie. And I love crazy movies, so why not give it a go! Fast forward a few years, and I remembered that I never saw this crazy movie for reasons unknown to me (most likely because I totally forgot about).
First off, there’s a lot that can be said at the talent that Brit Marling has with coming up with unique ideas and putting spins on some old ideas. This is a very impression showing of creative talent from all that are involved, and that alone makes this movie solid to me.
I would go into more detail, but by now there are tons of interviews that are WAY more intriguing to read rather than just read me paraphrasing those interviews.
My initial impression after the movie ends is that I felt the suspense the directors and actors were going for. Often times forgetting I was watching a movie and feeling like I was in the basement with these crazy people.
I find that my initial impression comes from a very selfish standpoint, and what I mean by that is: I want to be fulfilled when the end of a movie comes around, it’s in my human nature. BUT what truly impresses me about this movie is that I can think about several specific moments in the movie and it completely changes my thought process of how the ending actually happens or why it happens. This to me is what makes this movie great.
It’s hard to talk about it without spoiling the ending. The acting jobs by Christopher Denham and Nicole Vicius is amazing. There’s some crazy moments, and some great character development even without much talking. And Richard Wharton’s performance is great as well. I hope to see more of these folks should a sequel appear in the near future.
Overall I’d give this an 8/10.
My thoughts on the ending is that she is actually from the future, and that the little girl is her mother. The lady who approaches Lorna and tells her that Maggie is a criminal is most likely an agent from the future of some sort. If that’s not the case then who really cares. Tomorrow I’ll probably think something about the ending.
There are so many elements in this film that can make or break your opinion, and only the writers truly know the real meaning behind all of the groups crazy practices.
There is a sense of authenticity in this movie, and a sense the creator did her research when it came time to write this screenplay. The emotional ties between characters is often palpable when being played out on screen. And even the background characters get somewhat developed, with many of them having very few lines.
I would dare to say that this movie has made me think about each and every element I could remember more times than any other. Trying to decipher the ending, and trying to find any clues as to what the heck was going on. Movies like this intrigue me to the bone!
I don’t want to really say anymore because I don’t want to taint your thoughts and interpretations. It’s quite unique to have a personal view of some of the events that take place. Even though you know how I think the movie ends, you don’t know how I view certain other important aspects, and that is the beauty of this movie.
Overall I’d give this an 8/10.
But remember, if you like to know exactly what happens, DON’T WATCH THIS MOVIE ITLL MAKE YOU MAD!
Article by: Travis Thomas