This is possibly one of the best films I've ever seen. I rarely leave reviews, but this one merits it. Beautifully shot in black and white, in a 4:3 ratio that intentionally hearkens back to silent horror (paired gorgeously with a Bernard Hermann-esque soundtrack that rumbles and groans in the background). Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson are an unlikely pairing for a movie so narrowly focused on the deterioration of the relationship between two men, but both of them completely own the screen and your attention, delivering performances that are equally strong in radically different ways. Is this movie bizarre and disturbing? Yes, absolutely -- but this is by design. The further the characters slip into their madness, the less the audience can follow the timeline and motivations of either man, and by the catastrophic and explosive ending, you're left shaken to your core. I could not stop talking about this movie for a month, and even now, I'm excited just writing this review. If your interest is even mildly piqued by what you've heard or read about this movie, please do yourself and watch it with your undivided attention.

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