Fifth about The Seventh

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

I’m Thinking of Ending Things: this being a film by Charlie Kaufman, the journey apparently taken at its onset is not the one ultimately done. It is unsettling, mindboggling, heady, hypnotic; moment-to-moment, elements follow an unusual, confounding logic (to say the least), but at its conclusion, it is cohesive and touching. It contains a narrative gambit for the ages. The rich, erudite dialogue is read wonderfully by the cast; Jesse Plemons’s performance is a crescendo, starting somewhat inert and quietly gaining levels; Jessie Buckley’s acting displays a great range, and she goes everywhere that is required of her character with great aplomb. Toni Collette and David Thewlis, in their supporting roles, are clearly having fun with their exaggerated performances. The images of cinematographer Łukasz Żal are tight and precise in their framing, helping the film to get its cold, uneasy mood. As a whole, this is certainly a hard film to watch, but a very rewarding one.


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