Like Maya Deren's first short Meshes of the Afternoon, At Land is a narrative story infused with surrealism. It flows more smoothly comparing to Meshes, but lacks the energy that her first film has. Also, the structure of several fragmented episodes lacks coherency; some parts may reflect the director's personal experiences and/or mindscapes so that the audience may get confused. For example, the scene of the female protagonist walking with a young man and then meeting an old man in a bed seems barely related to the main story and unnecessary.
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