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Esoterica (Sam Barrett, 2010) James Helm, Melanie Munt, George Shevtsov; thriller; WA

I watched Sam Barrett’s Esoterica (2010) almost literally in two minds. On the one hand, I was cheering on the young Western Australian film-maker, admiring his command of the noir genre, the quality of the nocturnal shooting, and the clever, very convoluted script. On the other hand, I didn’t know what the hell was going on. OK, I know that was the effect that the film-makers were trying to produce, but not to quite the extent of the confusion in my mind. I didn’t know if the temporal flow was continuous and unidirectional, if there was more than one universe, nor if some people were alive or dead. I think it almost all came together for me at the end, but I think I’m going to have find someone in their 30s who’s seen it and can explain it to me in a few sentences.

Garry Gillard | New: 17 October, 2012 | Now: 4 April, 2020