Elaine Fuentes’s review published on Letterboxd:
If I'm being honest, I never thought I would get the chance to see this in a theater. Although screenings of new release of the film were held in 2019 (before the world shut down). I had felt like I had no other opportunities to see it on the big screen. Not just because of all that went down the following year; I genuinely felt I had missed any opportunity to see this in. a theater, ever. Even though there are many art house theaters playing out there films, I still never thought any of them would ever play this. Because what theater often plays seven hour long films? Then my sister contacted me and told me the Aero Theater was having a thing where they screen bleak films for a week. The list of films they had ranged from Salo, Leviathan, Breaking The Waves, and Come and See. Then I saw they were playing this film, and I couldn’t believe that it was seriously playing near me. So I got my ticket as soon as I possibly could, because there was no way I would miss this in a theater. And man, it didn’t disappoint.
I sat near the front of the theater (like I always do), so I could get the widest view of the screen that I possibly could, just to make it so that every last frame was covering my vision. As soon as the opening shot came on, I was just overjoyed with the fact this was actually happening. I once watch a video where someone was talking about their experience seeing this in a theater, saying because the film is so atmospheric, you can hear everything from the audience members. I'll tell you... he was absolutely correct. I could hear every little noise perfectly clear, every opening of a rapper, every squeak from a seat, every popcorn crunch was incredibly easy to make out. There were even a couple times where I made a small bit of noise and got worried I was disrupting other peoples viewing experience. Fortunately, it wasn’t too big a deal, and the screening was still great.
I've always found slower films to go bye a lot faster than other films, but I was still worried I would end up feeling the length. Thankfully, the length went bye really fast, to the point where it didn’t even feel like seven hours had gone bye by the end of it. Instead it felt like only three hours had passed. I know that still sounds like a lot, but it really did breeze bye, to the point where I think this film goes by faster than some two hour films I've seen. The film is has you see so much of these characters lives that you become engulfed into the world of the they're in, having the viewer almost turn into another character. Something else that jumped out at me this watch is this film is actually really funny. Although the bleak and tone and reality of the film kind of overwhelm anything else, the film actually has some really great moments of humor that got not only me to laugh but the audience as well. Particularly many scenes with the doctor were genuinely really funny. Especially where he states "I guess I need to leave the house".
Out side of having to find parking, this was genuinely one of the best experiences I've ever had watching a film in a theater. It still blows my mind that I got the chance to see this on the big screen. Hopefully one day I'll be able to do this for a second time on there. All I can do is hope!