char 🍑’s review published on Letterboxd:
the eerie, seemingly endless, middle of nowhere trope in movies is something i can always get behind regardless of the plot because it’s constantly so endearing and liminal to me, but i think that and the elements of psychological thriller in this movie, of which the theme coincides, shown in relation to the trapped feeling of the young woman longing to leave the farmhouse, the road trip, the relationship in general but any and all excuses to stay kept holding her back. this of course paralleled again to jake’s real life of depressed loneliness, stuck living as a janitor in his childhood home, stuck in his mind full of regrets, stuck in a thought cycle of what-ifs, stuck thinking of ending things. he’s essentially painting a picture (or perhaps, this film) of what could have been, and in the same sad hues of the landscape art down in the basement, of which the young woman explains she paints based on her emotion. literally all that and i’ve only unpacked the parts that really stuck with me. so much to unpack and it was still a pretentious bore.