I saw this at a private industry screening in Hollywood recently. Like David Lynch, Prater's background as a painter informs every shot with a tranquil visual beauty. Like the European masters Bergman and Fellini, he takes his times to make every frame a painting. Kara Russell, Richard Rossi, and the rest of the cast give stellar performances in a brilliant conception of how the implausible is plausible when someone is emotionally bankrupt and desperate for love. Hitchcock fans will be grateful to see the other half of Gavin Elster's seduction and Svengali-like transformation of the wounded girl from Salinas, Kansas into the ghost of his murdered wife.
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