very happy to have revisited this again today in class, this is a completely different creature from what i remember it being. there's just so much to grasp and attempt to understand (though maybe i shouldn't/can't) or simply just experience. at times stunning in its images, and other times reminiscent of bergman w/ some of the dialogue scenes, where characters are just as cruel as a bergman character would be. it's completely all over the place, but that's not a…
often succeeds, some times it doesn't. the efforts to delve into phoenix's psyche seem misguided and/or just don't work, imo, and drags the film down a whole lot. it's uneasy and uncomfortable to watch (a good thing i think?), but the more i think about it, the less i like it.