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Kyle Bailey’s review published on Letterboxd:
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Fascinating. It reminded me a lot of Wakefield from a few months ago where I felt it was a great meditation on life's meaning. The film is beautifully shot and very intimate with wonderful camera work that is still and calming. For a movie so short, so many shots linger in stillness for long amounts of time that I found breathtaking. The big scene everyone has been talking about since Sundance with Rooney Mara eating a pie for 7 minutes is actually one of those breathtaking scenes. She gives so much into that pie eating scene emotions wise. But in that same vein, Casey Affleck gives a compelling performance in just the way he moves around the house and how still he is at times. I appreciated the production design of the house at different points with different families and made the house a character. I don't know if it was written for the movie but "I Get Overwhelmed" is such a phenomenal song that if it was written for the movie I would be really pushing for an Original Song nomination. The score is very hypnotic and lovely when it is there because like I said this is a very still movie with plenty of scenes that are practically like watching a silent film. It was lovely to see Kesha in a movie and also having fun again after a horrible few years in her personal life. At the time it was happening, the whole Life speech at the party felt a bit over the top but then where this movie goes for its final act it worked for me. I think that last act is really profound and will have me thinking for days to come just as Wakefield did. David Lowery's direction of this movie is so superb creating one of the most original movies I've seen this year so far. It's one that I'll love to rewatch to just be amerced in the stillness of the film.