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Shane Carruth's baffling multi-strand successor to Primer dispenses with the conventions of narrative, plot and (audible) dialogue

Made back in 2004 on a shoestring budget (said to be $7,000), Carruth's directorial debut, Primer, was a sci-fi movie with no special effects. It told the opaque but intriguing tale of four young scientists building a sort of time machine in a garage.

Carruth's long-awaited (by some at least) second film is another puzzling work, a little like the recent films of Terrence Malick, as well as the intentionally unintelligible Un Chien Andalou. The film brings together a malicious drug dealer who creates a virus from maggots; a young woman he abducts, injects and robs; a felonious former stockbroker (a handsome Farley Granger lookalike played by the director himself) who becomes her lover; and a collector of natural sounds, who breeds pigs. The minimal dialogue is gnomic, often inaudible; the settings suddenly change »

- Philip French

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