Weird as it is that’s how I dreamCaught it tonight. Reminded me a little of Mulholland Drive.
General consensus seemed to be that Jake and the girl and the same person and that Jake is the janitor, with the whole thing being his attempt to create a fantasy relationship out of chance meeting with a girl when he was young.
I took the murder aspect literally and thought he might have been sprung perving on her and her boyfriend at the school and killed them, but others have not seen it that way.
Gets you thinking regardless.
Agree with the scene about the parents taking to long to come down, scratches on doors and the kitchen scene. Then it went downhill. My sister didn't even realise that characters had change appearances until I mention it. Could someone please explain to me what the movie was trying to say? Was the two young people did they become the parents.
Pretty much agree with this, the first hour is great, the acting excellent, some of the concepts around time and space intriguing, a building sense of unease. But the conclusion can be best described as baffling. It makes so many literary and filmic references that it's simply impossible to know them all (who knew on first listen that the final speech was a direct lift of Russell Crowe's speech from A Beautiful Mind?). I was following a few of the threads around Jake and the Janitor, the girl etc, but was lost by the dancing.The first hour was great. Loved the dinner scene, the four of them sharing the same screen was hypnotic.
But then it really dug its heels in, in a way that was more frustrating than welcome. Still, the performances led by Buckley were terrific and I think it my estimation of it would grow on a second watch. Would say though that if going into the film, or during, you think any of the characters are alien shape shifters, then it's probably not for you. 8/10
Apparently the book spells out what's going on more clearly than what Kaufman did. I don't think the film needs to because at the very least I think most people will get that the girl isn't a real character (or at least that version of her). It is kind of amusing though because all of Kaufman's film plays with and deconstructs the manic pixie dream girl. Dude really needs to find himself another trope, or just get laid.