Persona ★★★★

A main personal issue I have with surreal films is that they are more fun to think about than to actually watch. Of course, that statement only holds true to varying degrees for all surrealist films, but I often find myself thinking that I'll probably have to do some sort of "research" to really understand these types of films. A current example I can think of is I'm Thinking of Ending Things. It certainly gave me a lot to chew on, but it wasn't particularly fun to sit through, which kind of sours my overall thoughts on the movie.

I think Persona succeeds because I was actually able to just enjoy myself while watching the film. As soon as the prologue started, I was immediately hooked. The quick cuts (THE DICK SPLICE!!!), the haunting score... just great atmosphere. It also helps that it stops making sense a lot LATER in the runtime than I expected. The first hour is actually pretty straightforward, and that's like 3/4 of the runtime. Don't know what it's about, but it FEELS like a really good movie.

I kind of held this film off for a while because I heard it was really inaccessible, but I don't necessarily think that's the case. It's really short, and I don't think it's super slow either. Plus, this movie is gorgeous!

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