The Bergman-Nykvist duo provides another gorgeous outing full of tremendous manipulations of light. However, while the tonal departure from the Bergman work I've seen thus far is intriguing I find it less captivating than some of my favorites.
The horror trappings sprinkled throughout feel clumsy at their worst points whilst they are executed rather well in others. Overall a stylistic exploration I'm glad exists.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I've thought more and more about the IndieWire article wherein Kaufman gives confused viewers a crash-course on this film. After a day or so of grappling with the film myself and contemplating what I takeaway from it, what works for me and what doesn't, I decided I ought to hear it from the writer whose work I've had a rather rocky relationship with.
I was beyond disappointed.
In characterizing this story as something of a frame tale, one where the…