Sator ★★★½

The behind the scenes story and development are fascinating, and add a lot of context to the film itself. It's gorgeously shot, with a few impressive effects, and a cool score composed of makeshift instruments. It can be quite unsettling, as well as dealing a fair share of existential dread, but the dialogue and performances feel stiff and overwrought (not including his grandmother's recordings, which are central to the concept, and very disquieting), especially when cutting through long stretches of silent, abstract horror. While already likely too slow and obtuse for some viewers, I think leaning into it further would've been to its benefit even still.

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