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Like Me

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Hypnotic experimental movie about millennial malaise.

Movie NR 2018 85 minutes
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it looks dumb

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More like experimental cinema than a mainstream movie, this dark, unsettling, somewhat plotless film takes an unusual, colorful, and arty look at millennial narcissism and loneliness. The results are hypnotically compelling. Newcomer writer-director Robert Mockler uses twitchy video pieces -- a second or two of footage jerking back and forth -- throughout Like Me, sprinkling bits of disturbing behavior in between the segments; this makes them seem even more dislocated and less like a story. Occasional oddities, like a campfire turning into a bank of glowing TV monitors, further the strangeness.

It's Timlin who creates the through line. She's bemused, often curious, sometimes unsure, and always compelling, even as Kiya's actions become more and more unhinged. Her unlikely friendship with Marshall (cult horror favorite Fessenden) also provides some emotional pull. In one scene, Kiya nearly shows evidence of her crime to a little girl, simply to make a connection. But in the final scene, Mockler lets the camera linger for a long time on the image of a beach; there's no more video feed, no more artiness ... just some hard reality.

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