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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Drug-filled experimental film goes nowhere.

Movie R 2017 100 minutes
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Written and directed by fashion industry sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, this experimental, drug-hazed movie looks interesting, but whatever it's up to, it doesn't quite seem to achieve it. Woodshock is shot like a TV commercial or an artsy music video; its camera drifts around, rolling in and out of focus, catching different light patterns through windows or trees, with random jump cuts to show the passing of unmarked time. Dunst clearly put some hard emotional work into her role -- somewhat similar to Melancholia -- and she captures the feel of deep depression and reflection, but the movie simply leaves her hanging.

Her relationships with the men in the movie seem almost random, meaningless. Eventually, it feels as if the movie has left viewers behind, with no indication as to where it has actually gone. In truth, it's just plotted enough that it fails as an experimental film, and it's just experimental enough to fail as a narrative film. It's too tentative to make a definitive move in either direction. But the movie's cool music -- which undoubtedly came from deep within a hipster's record collection -- is at least worth a listen.

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