Spoilers Ahead. Sort of.
We rented it Saturday night, when Mermaid Girl was at her preschool's Parent's Night Out. And then, because is is so hard to figure out what's going on and everything changes in the last 45 minutes of the movie so that you have to understand the first two-thirds in a whole different way, we watched the first half again last night. And I couldn't get to sleep for hours. I was going to watch the second half again tonight, but RW was out at some performance and after I put Mermaid Girl to bed (and I could barely stand the moment when she turned the light out, she likes to make a big production out of turning the big light out and then letting it be really dark for a few moments before she switches the nightlight on and I almost screamed tonight, it was terrifying, I couldn't get out of there and into the bright bright kitchen fast enough) the house just seemed so... empty. And I couldn't let all those scary people and camera angles and that uncanny music back into it.
The funny thing is that it's RW who's usually the movie wimp and doesn't like anything with violence in it. But she wasn't nearly as creeped out as I was.
It caught me with its smartness and uncanniness and the riddle of it. I can't watch it again. I can't. I can barely even stand to have it in the house. But I can't let it go. I want to watch that party scene again, to figure out what part's real, and the scene in the club, to see what clues there are there. And I want to figure out what's up with the aunt. And I need to figure out what happens with the blue box. Someone said the blue box shows up again in the last third of the movie and I want to see if that's true. And I really should look hard at the scene where they break into the apartment; I was too scared to watch it the first time. I want to look for the ashtray.
Just writing about it is giving me the cold shivers.
But he made it so intriguing. Why did he do that? Why?
Good thing I found this. Or I would never even understand as much as I do.*
But... do I really understand anything? Do any of us?
Oh, good night. Going to look for something frothy to read.
*Though I take issue with the article's reference to "All that sex." Okay, the chemistry was pretty intense, but there were maybe two sex scenes, and they were short, and not that explicit as such things go. I think when male reviewers see lesbi@n s3x onscreen it makes their brains go blank and they can't think of anything else. Because girls! Two of them! Making out! Yikes! Time slows. The next half-hour or so of the movie is blotted out. Because girls! Two of them! etc.