A thought-provoking and haunting exploration of how reality and dream-states may combine to form complex interactions. The line between the imagination and reality blurs when an accomplished Psychiatrist takes on a patient that appears to be suicidal. Written by
I can honestly say that this is one of the most incredible movies I have ever seen. I was speechless when I got through with this movie. I just cannot believe how complex this movie is. It had so many levels to it. Mark Forster is an absolute genius.
The plots basically centers around two characters, Sam Foster(Ewan McGregor) and Henry Letham(Ryan Gosling). Sam is a psychiatrist who deals mostly with neurotic stockbrokers, but at the beginning of the movie he is filling in for one of his colleagues. That is how he comes to meet Henry. Henry is a very strange Art student who idolizes this artist named Tristan Reveur. Reveur was a magnificent artist who burned all his paintings and committed suicide on his 21st birthday (he actually told people he was going to do this on when he was 18). Henry decides that he wants to leave the same mark and tells Sam that he is going to commit suicide on midnight of his 21st birthday. It then becomes Sam's job to try and stop him, but during that promise Sam must also fight to keep his own grip with reality.
This movie will mess with your head throughout the entire film. It is a very artistic film, and the whole concept of art (painting, drama, literature, etc.) holds the plot together. The most amazing part of this film however is the complexity of it. I still cannot believe how Forster was able to tie all these characters together the way he did, it really was a work of art. By the time you reach the end of this film you will be utterly amazed. In my opinion this is a true masterpiece. I'm going to leave this with my favorite quote from the movie:
"Bad art is more tragically beautiful than good art, because it documents human failing." - Tristan Reveur
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