Ritual ★★★★½


One of the most unique films I’ve seen in a very long while. Almost like a predecessor to something like Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche New York, but comparatively speaking I feel as though this film originated from a much deeper, darker and more personal place. Throughout the whole 120 minutes, it ventures and edges on becoming pretentious but it never oversteps that line and it makes for a one of a kind experience. A beautiful exploration of loneliness, isolation, dark thoughts, love and mental image that is as genuine as they ever come.

In all of Anno’s projects (and primarily this, NGE and Love and Pop) he sees the emotions through so effectively as he creates stories out of feeling and memory. A truly impressive filmmaker for how much of himself he pours into his films and it is constantly admirable without fail. On the technical side, the performances are brilliant, the directing is incredible, the editing is fantastic, the cinematography is absolutely gorgeous and the sound design is just a terrific. A fantastic film and very likely to go up to a 10 in the future.