Hermia & Helena ★★★½

An Argentinian theatre director in residency in New York spends her time working on a Spanish language adaptation of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," all the while receiving mysterious postcards from an old friend who is traveling across the United States to reunite with her. The words of Shakespeare weave in and out of Matías Piñeiro's enigmatic narrative, pregnant with possibility of life's unknown paths left unexplored.

I'm not entirely convinced that Piñeiro's Shakespeare references ever connect with the narrative in a way that is any deeper than an affectation, as they did in VIOLA and THE PRINCESS OF FRANCE, but HERMIA & HELENA is perhaps his most formally stunning work yet. There's a lot to unpack here - fascinating puzzles and life's little conundrums. It's a film that feels lived in, free, hopeful, and despite its sometimes obfuscating nature, I found it frequently intoxicating.