Should've turned this off a minute in, when Bing shows closed circuit footage of a woman accidentally falling into water and drowning.
Stephen Cone is uncanny with actors, generally, but he and Jessie Pinnick have created something special with Cyd. Pinnick reminds me of Adèle Haenel, a fascinating and disruptive presence in any image. Cyd is only beginning to understand the power (in so many senses of the word) of her body, and Pinnick likewise commands scenes in a physical, seemingly effortless, unconscious way. She unsettles the politeness of every social situation by simply being there (I'm tempted to say by simply being). It's tremendously exciting to watch. My favorite performance of the year.
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I don't even know how to watch movies like this anymore. I assume this script is what happens when you decide to make a small character film that requires tens of millions of dollars' worth of special effects. I kept thinking about the Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts movie at the end of The Player.
I've come up with one scenario where this film isn't aggressively stupid. You know how the entire script is built around the idea that Sandra…