Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Never Rarely Sometimes Always ★★★★½

The oppressive environment weighs so heavy here: the stream of normalized wounds is endless (see "slut" x2, creep manager) and becomes a flood of pain and tears during the titular scene and the reach around the pillar. Riveting and heartbreaking with its subtle script, intimate cinematography, delicate soundtrack, quietly powerful performances, and absence of a happy or climactic ending. Fuck the patriarchy and fuck any male defensiveness taking the place of empathy in reaction to this film.

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