|I'll bring the blindfold, you bring the eyeliner.|
The movie, like the other two Brit Marling co-wrote with director Zal Batmanglij and starred in, is interested in the intersection of loyalty and ethics. I love it for that; for the way it believes in morality even as it lays out all its complications. It reads like a movie made by very smart, hopeful-but-cynical-but-hopeful young people, which it is.
AK said, “I liked it, but even though it was well made, it still felt like a student film sometimes. Like, in certain scenes you can see the strings, you know what I mean?”
I do. Maybe that’s why I was riveted but not quite moved. It made me want to want to be an activist more than it made me want to be an activist. Members of the East dumpster dive as a means of sustenance and as a political statement about waste, and it did make me want to be less wasteful (always with the easy personal behavior route!). More so in the scene where they ate donuts out of the trash than the scene where they ate a browning apple.
|Drink the Kool-Aid, spin the bottle.|
Of course I ended up going to the bathroom during the scene where everyone started making out with everyone.