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Cosmopolis -- Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's day devolves into a odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.

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David Cronenberg (screenplay)
Don DeLillo (novel)
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25 May 2012 (France) See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Robert Pattinson ... Eric Packer

Sarah Gadon ... Elise Shifrin

Paul Giamatti ... Benno Levin

Kevin Durand ... Torval

Abdul Ayoola ... Ibrahim Hamadou

Juliette Binoche ... Didi Fancher

Emily Hampshire ... Jane Melman
Bob Bainborough ... Dr. Ingram

Samantha Morton ... Vija Kinsky
Zeljko Kecojevic ... Danko

Jay Baruchel ... Shiner

Philip Nozuka ... Michael Chin

Mathieu Amalric ... André Petrescu

Patricia McKenzie ... Kendra Hays
Ryan Kelly ... Rat Man #1
Nadeem Umar-Khitab ... Rat Man #2
Albert Gomez ... Counterman (as Alberto Gomez)

Gouchy Boy ... Kosmo Thomas
David Schaap ... Arthur Rapp
Warren Chow ... Arthur's Attacker

George Touliatos ... Anthony Adubato

Jadyn Wong ... Money Channel Interviewer

K'Naan ... Brutha Fez
Inessa Frantowski ... Woman Holding Rat
Jonathan Seinen ... Man on Fire

Milton Barnes ... Videographer #1
John Batkis ... Photographer #1

Saad Siddiqui ... Photographer #2

Anna Hardwick ... Photographer #3 - Jenn
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Paulette Sinclair ... Bag Lady (uncredited)
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Directed by
David Cronenberg 
 
Writing credits
David Cronenberg (screenplay)

Don DeLillo (novel)

Produced by
Joseph Boccia .... line producer
Paulo Branco .... producer
Edouard Carmignac .... executive producer
Manuel Castelo-Branco .... associate producer
Walter Gasparovic .... associate producer
Martin Katz .... producer
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam .... executive producer
Grégoire Melin .... executive producer (as Gregoire Melin)
Adam Shaheen .... producer: titles, Cuppa Coffee Studios
Renee Tab .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Suschitzky (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sanders 
 
Casting by
Deirdre Bowen 
 
Production Design by
Arvinder Grewal  (as Arv Greywal)
 
Art Direction by
Joshu de Cartier 
 
Costume Design by
Denise Cronenberg 
 
Makeup Department
Chris Bridges .... special makeup effects artist
Stacey Butterworth .... wigmaker: Mr. Giamatti
Stephan Dupuis .... makeup designer
Paul R.J. Elliot .... key hair stylist (as Paul Elliot)
Sondra Treilhard .... assistant hair stylist
Dorota Zajac .... assistant makeup artist
Seth Rossman .... assistant special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Joseph Boccia .... production manager
Melissa Girotti .... production supervisor
Anne Mattatia .... post-production supervisor: France
Anne Mattatia .... production supervisor: France
Robin M. Reelis .... unit production manager (as Robin Reelis)
Lori A. Waters .... post-production supervisor (as Lori Waters)
Frederic Jupin .... post-production supervisor: Eclair Numérique (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Boem .... second assistant director
Matt Coatsworth .... trainee assistant director
Tim Cushen .... trainee assistant director
Walter Gasparovic .... first assistant director
Kevin Hennelly .... third assistant director
Gerrod Shully .... third assistant director
Jeremy Whittaker .... assistant director
Jonathan Gajewski .... assistant director (uncredited)
Justin Gajewski .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ken Clark .... lead man
Steven Conner .... assistant head carpenter (as Steve Conner)
Robert E. Cross .... set dresser
Clive D'Oliveira .... painter
Ted Dudas .... scenic painter
Miro Dziwik .... head painter (as Miro Dwizik)
Gord Elliston .... on-set carpenter
David Evans .... on-set dresser
Brad Francis .... on-set scenic
John Fraser .... scenic painter
Doug Graham .... set dresser
Paul Hamilton .... carpenter
Ron Hewitt .... property master
Stefan Holmberg .... carpenter
Jon Hunter .... graphic designer
Michael Huschka .... assistant property master
Marc Kuitenbrouwer .... construction coordinator
Judy Kuntz .... painter
Matthew Lammerich .... key scenic artist
Patricia Larman .... set decoration buyer
Erin Leslie .... assistant key scenic
Jennifer MacDonald .... first assistant art director (as Jennifer C. MacDonald)
Anthony Manelli .... head carpenter
Shaun Martens .... second assistant art director
Mara McSweeny .... art department clearances
Matt Middleton .... set designer
Brad Milburn .... set designer
Ted Ovans .... carpenter
Gerrard Pace .... carpenter
Don Parks .... painter
Hubert Peddle .... carpenter
Charles Sharun .... scenic painter
Steve Shewchuk .... key set decorator
Geoffrey Smith .... set dresser
John Tawse .... laborer
John Todd .... carpenter
Dan Wladyka .... set dresser
Farrah Yip .... art department apprentice
Vicky Yolevski .... laborer
Traceley Young .... assistant head carpenter
Vicki Pui .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Acbard .... boom operator
Pierre Bariaud .... foley editor
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Rob Bertola .... sound effects editor
Aurélie Boileau .... foley editing post-poduction coordinator: Télétota
André Cappello .... foley recording auditorium: Télétota (as André Capello)
Gavin Coford .... second boom operator
Vincent Demortain .... sound mix technical director: Cinéphase
Nicolas Fioraso .... foley assistant
Alastair Gray .... adr editor
Alastair Gray .... dialogue editor
Wayne Griffin .... supervising sound editor
Adrien Guillemot .... sound mix re-recording assistant: Cinéphase
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: dolby
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound mixer
Michael O'Farrell .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael O'Farrell .... supervising sound editor
Julien Perez .... foley recordist
Alexis Phelipot .... foley editing post-production coordinator: Téétota
Brandon Prodger .... adr recordist: Canada, Urban Post Production
Olivier Roche .... sound mix re-recording assistant: Cinéphase
Jean-Yves Rousseau .... sound mix facility manager: Cinéphase
Yannick Roussille .... dubbing post-production coordinator: Télétota
Boris Schoene .... foley recording post-production coordinator: Télétota
Orest Sushko .... sound re-recording mixer
Vendome Uhl .... adr recordist: France, Studio Line
Fanny Weinzaepflen .... sound mix re-recording trainee: Cinéphase
Gren-Erich Zwicker .... first assistant sound editor
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York (uncredited)
Vincent Gregorio .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
Michael Miller .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Jean-Christophe Sabatier .... french dubbing recordist (uncredited)
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Gregorio Vincent .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
Tim West .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Appleby .... special effects coordinator
Shuba Dasgupta .... first assistant special effects
Sam Hudecki .... motion graphics
John MacGillivray .... special effects rigging supervisor
Fiona MacPherson .... special effects administrator
Cameron Patterson .... special effects supervisor
Daniel White .... on-set special effects (as Danny White)
 
Visual Effects by
Mandy Au .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Vishal S. Bendre .... cg artist
Barb Benoit .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Dennis Berardi .... supervising visual effects producer: Mr. X Inc.
Kristy Blackwell .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Mike Borrett .... visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc.
James Bunk .... visual effects systems team: visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc.
Wilson Cameron .... visual effects producer: Mr. X Inc.
Andy Chan .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Dougie Cook .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
James Cooper .... lead compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Gary Couto .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc. (as Gary J. Couto)
Juan de Santiago .... modeling and texturing: Mr. X Inc.
Harshal Deshpande .... tracking supervisor
Michael DiCarlo .... on-set visual effects coordinator: Mr. X Inc.
Eddie Englander .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Rory Falloon .... visual effects systems team: visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc.
Naomi Foakes .... visual effects coordinator: Mr. X Inc.
Oliver Hearsey .... tracking/layout: Mr. X Inc.
Anna Joukova .... digital compositor: Mr.X Inc
Matthew Lajoie .... tracking/layout: Mr. X Inc.
Jatinder Singh Manhas .... visual effects artist
Sarah McMurdo .... visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc.
Perrine Michel .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Chris Nguyen .... visual effects systems team: visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc.
Kelly Noordermeer .... visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc.
Briana Nuttall .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Anna Pacchioni .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Alessandro Pantanella .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Diana Pazzano .... visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc.
Matthew Pellar .... visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc. (as Matt Pellar)
Chris Ross .... visual effects coordinator: Mr. X Inc.
Tamara Stone .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Jim Su .... visual effects rigging: Mr. X Inc.
Aaron Weintraub .... visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc.
Matt 'Readyman' Whelan .... lighting: Mr. X Inc. (as Matt Whelan)
Owen Williams .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Elizaveta Yankelovich .... visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc. (as Liz Yankelovich)
Wojciech Zielinski .... visual effects supervisor: Mr. X Inc.
Joseph Cheng Chen .... tracking and layout (uncredited)
Devin Dawkins .... digital artist (uncredited)
David Fix .... senior systems administrator: Mr. X Inc. (uncredited)
Vinay Goenka .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Lince K.F. .... digital artist (uncredited)
Jesh Murthy .... visual effects (uncredited)
Rahul Roy .... compositor (uncredited)
Ian Spriggs .... senior character modeler (uncredited)
Kamal Kumar Tiwari .... compositor (uncredited)
Celine Zoleta .... production assistant: Mr. X (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dustin Brooks .... stunt safety
Chad Camilleri .... stunts
Brett Chan .... stunt performer
Lauro Chartrand .... stunts
Colin Decker .... stunt safety
Flint Eagle .... stunts
Brayden Jones .... stunts
Riley Jones .... stunts
Angelica Lisk-Hann .... stunts (as Angelica Lisk)
Regan Moore .... stunts
Layton Morrison .... stunt coordinator
Layton Morrison .... stunts
Efosa Otuomagie .... stunts (as Efosa Outamagie)
Dan Shea .... stunts
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt coordinator
John Stoneham Sr. .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Barrett Axford .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
David Breeze .... gaffer
Gilles Corbeil .... steadicam operator
Caitlin Cronenberg .... still photographer
Robert Daprato .... key grip
Christopher Dean .... key rigging grip
Tara Dixit .... second assistant camera
Nigel Draper .... dimmer board operator
Sam Eldridge .... generator operator
Tony Eldridge .... best boy electric
Robert Fayle .... electrics
David Foquin .... first assistant camera: tests
Jeff Hicks .... camera trainee
Monty Jatin Jang .... digital imaging technician trainee
Patrick King .... electrician
Michael Kohne .... best boy grip
Fabian MacDonald .... grip
Jason McGowan .... dolly grip
Sean Osadzuk .... electrics
Marc Tardif .... camera trainee (as Mark Tardif)
Davidson Tate .... rigging gaffer
Frank Teunissen .... best boy rigging grip
Ralph Thompson .... electrics
Robert Vigus .... grip
Jasper Vrakking .... digital imaging technician
Michael Williams .... second assistant camera
Mikkel Zall .... cinematographer: behind the scenes (as Mikkel Zahl)
Robert Archer .... daily grip (uncredited)
Rocky Brown .... electrician (uncredited)
Ian C. Harris .... rigging best boy electric (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Zameret Kleiman .... casting director: background
Christopher Richards .... casting associate
Jane Spencer .... background casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Boulden .... costume supervisor
Christina Cattle .... set costume supervisor
Jennifer Evans .... costume buyer
Roland Heizinger .... costume cutter/ tailor
Susan Nycz .... costume truck supervisor
Anne Peiponen .... extras costume coordinator (as Ann Peiponen)
Alan St. Germain .... assistant extras coordinator
 
Editorial Department
Peter Armstrong .... digital intermediate producer: Deluxe Post Production
Catherine Athon .... head of digital and photochemical post-production: Éclair Numérique
Kamel Ayoub .... shoot and transfer: Éclair Numérique
Thierry Beaumel .... post-production technical director: Éclair Numérique
Chris Blacklock .... digital dailies supervisor: Deluxe Post Production
Frédéric Casnin .... digital post-production: Éclair Numérique (as Frederic Casnin)
Bernie Clayton .... operator: video data centre: Deluxe Post Production
Benjamin Clement .... digital grading assistant: Éclair Numérique
Kevin Downer .... digital intermediate editor: Deluxe Post Production
Beatrice Fraschini .... post-production coordinator: Éclair Numérique (as Beatrice Fraschini Rey)
Pietro Gallo .... digital opticals: Deluxe Post Production
Clément Guégan .... digital conformation
Lee Hughes .... digital intermediate project manager: Deluxe Post Production
Isabelle Julien .... digital colorist: Éclair Numérique
Frederic Jupin .... digital post-production: Éclair Numérique
Mary Juric .... assistant editor
Robert Kfoury .... shoot and transfer: Éclair Numérique
Vanessa Lafaille .... digital grading department coordinator: Éclair Numérique
Marine Lepoutre .... photochemical timer: Éclair Numérique
Sonia Mariaulle .... trailer
Rui Martins .... digital dailies supervisor: Deluxe Post Production
Lucas Masson .... trailer
Tom Mayclim .... digital intermediate data i/o supervisor: Deluxe Post Production
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate assistant: Deluxe Post Production
Eric Myles .... digital opticals: Deluxe Post Production
Michael Paterson .... dailies project manager: Deluxe Post Production
Michael Paterson .... digital intermediate project manager: Deluxe Post Production
Nick Paulozza .... digital intermediate imaging supervisor: Deluxe Post Production
Sandy Pereira .... first assistant editor (as Sandy M. Pereira)
Patrick Perron .... operator: video data centre: Deluxe Post Production
Trevor Pickard .... digital intermediate data wrangler: Deluxe Post Production
Emma Sanders .... post-production coordinator (as Emma Sanders Finlayson)
Alison Schouten .... digital intermediate assistant: Deluxe Post Production
Mike Seeley .... operator: video data centre: Deluxe Post Production
Mark Thorp .... digital intermediate technical resource manager: Deluxe Post Production
Karim El Katari .... color timer: Éclair Numérique (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jennifer L. Dunnington .... music editor
Metric .... music performed by
John O'Mahony .... music mixer: Liberty Studios
Liam O'Neil .... music recordist: Giant Studios
Howard Shore .... music producer
Amy Baer .... music preparation (uncredited)
Alan Frey .... music production coordinator (uncredited)
James Sizemore .... music programmer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James Beaudrow .... unit driver (as Jim Beaudrow)
John Bignell .... driver
John Cocks .... driver: Mr. Pattinson
Matthew Garland .... driver (as Matt Garland)
Scott Hutchings .... picture car co-captain
Mike Kieler .... driver
Bill Leeking .... driver
Paul Marshall .... transportation captain
Bryan McArthur .... driver: construction
John Ozlins .... transportation coordinator (as John Ozolins)
Regina Petrik .... driver (as Regina Popp)
Brian Travers .... driver
Maurice Tremblay .... transportation co-captain
Jim Vigus .... driver: set decoration
Dave Wilson .... picture car captain (as David R. Wilson)
 
Other crew
Mustapha Nait Ali .... assistant location manager: France
Gina Barbier .... sales manager: Tékétota
Frederic Baroudel .... sales manager: Éclair Numérique
Leor Boshi .... office production assistant
Dillon Bowman .... office production assistant
Jonathan Bronfman .... assistant: Mr. Katz
Jared Burton .... location assistant
Samy Chandiramani .... sales manager: Tékétota
Alex Cho .... production financing: Union Bank
Shaun Coughlin .... third assistant accountant
Nadia Day .... assistant post-production accountant
Jonathan Gardner .... legal services: Cohen Gardner
John Gaskin .... production accountant
Sharon Glicklich .... craft service: Stargrazing (as Sharon Gliklich)
Daniel L. Goldenberg .... legal services: Hall Webber (as Daniel Goldenberg)
Jeffrey Hawkes .... assistant: Mr. Pattinson
Eugene Henry .... assistant: Mr. Katz (as Eugene M. Henry)
Sara Holmes .... post-production accountant
Richard Hughes .... location manager
Joe Iacono .... auditor: Weisbord Del Gaudio Iacono
Bryan LaCour .... production financing: Union Bank
Bertrand Le Goff .... legal services: Taylor Wessing
Chantal Leblanc-Everett .... office production assistant
Eric LePretre .... accountant: France
Jessica Lister .... craft service: Stargrazing
Sophie Lombardo .... accountant: France
Luz Magcawas .... payroll accountant
Lisa Mahal .... assistant: Mr. Cronenberg
Christopher Marren .... adr loop group leader (as Chris Marren)
Tommy Matejka .... stand-in: Mr. Pattinson
Eleanor Mendes .... production coordinator
Carla Meyer .... dialogue coach: adr
Tim Monich .... dialogue coach
Matt Nelson .... second assistant accountant
Trevor Pickett .... office production assistant
Andy Plaitis .... coordinator: lsp
John Rakich .... assistant location manager
Archie Rodrigues .... travel agent
Linda Rose .... accountant: visual effects, Mr. X Inc.
Dug Rotstein .... script supervisor (as Douglas Rotstein)
Yannick Roussille .... subtitling and audiodescription post-production coordinator: Télétota
Julita Santos .... assistant: Mr. Branco
Cristiana Sena .... assistant: Mr. Branco
Amir Senat .... craft service: Stargrazing
Lisa Shamata .... unit publicist
Meghan Smith .... on-set medic
Justin Stephenson .... titles design director: Cuppa Coffee Studios
Jen Stivala .... first assistant accountant
Charles Taylor .... head armorer: Movie Armaments Group
Drew Taylor .... location assistant
Claire Tomasini .... office production assistant
Christian Valsamidis .... legal services: Taylor Wessing
Vanessa Whittaker .... assistant production coordinator
Laurent Boyé .... international festival publicity team: telefilm canada (uncredited)
Paul Chodirker .... legal services (uncredited)
Ken Dhaliwal .... finance legal (uncredited)
Lon J. Hall .... legal counsel (uncredited)
Miriam Laurence .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Christiane Sommermeier .... marketing (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for some strong sexual content including graphic nudity, violence and language
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The license plate number on Eric's limousine is 9808 NAH.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Torval:Where?
Eric Packer:I wanna a haircut.
Torval:The president's in town.
Eric Packer:We don't care. We need a haircut. We need to go crosstown.
Torval:You will hit traffic that speaks in quarter inches.
Eric Packer:Just so I know. Which president are we talking about?
Torval:United States. Barriers will be set up. Entire streets deleted from the map.
Eric Packer:Show me my car.
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Show me something I don't know, 2 January 2013
Author: Daniel Elford from United Kingdom

David Cronenberg is a film maker who, for over 30 years, has refused to work anywhere other than at the edge. He is the director known for pioneering body horror, dealing with concepts that push any audience willing to take the ride to consider that which they wouldn't otherwise. Known for his ability to use visual metaphor in the way a novelist or poet might use a literary one, the closest to blockbusting success he has come would be 'The Fly'. At some point he made a transition, not necessarily a conscious effort on his part, but a clear change nevertheless. The common themes of his work remain, the ideas of psychology, identity, transformation, the horror within, etc. but recently we have seen a more subtle approach, with finesse of performance and what is being said taking precedence over purely visceral assault and visual effects. From this "new" Cronenberg we have seen unsung masterpieces ('A History Of Violence'), modest successes ('Eastern Promises'), and he has proved himself to be somebody not afraid of adapting for the screen dangerous material that most wouldn't dare touch ('Crash' and 'A Dangerous Method'). 'Cosmopolis' sees him doing the latter again, and definitely with the greatest sense of experimentation so far. The film falls in the category into which we would put David Lynch's most surreal work, one for cinema that defies description as simply good or bad, and instead invites you to an experience, one whose quality only YOU can decide.

Adapted from the Don Delillo book, which was already pointedly distant, David Cronenberg's latest offering has drawn a fair deal of negative criticism for retaining the detached approach of the novel, and for being, it would seem, deliberately cold and apparently uninterested in its audience. Cold it is, most certainly; indeed if it were any colder it could sink Titanic all over again, but quite honestly this is the only truly valid criticism of the film, and I don't even consider it a criticism so much as an observation. Its coldness is clearly intentional due to the subject matter, and much like an iceberg, what you think you've seen on first inspection turns out to be just a bit of what's actually going on. Indeed for a film set for the most part in a silent (really, completely silent!) limousine, it is one you can delve into surprisingly deeply, and find level after level of meaty ideas to chew on.

Truth of the matter is this movie was never going to receive huge commercial success, it is simply too divisive for obvious reasons: - A tough, obtuse novel that reads like a discombobulating dream - A director who adapts it almost directly, creating arguably his most experimental film, and if anything emphasising all the more the metaphoric devices of the story.

- Casting a teen heartthrob from one of the biggest cinema series of all time in the lead, making it immediately eligible for the mainstream audience, a brave choice on both parts. A fair amount of people walking into this film are "seeing the new R Pattinson film" and have no idea what they are in for. I am just thankful to see clear signs that the man himself is not impressed with his starting point; I look forward to a lot more grown up, serious work from this guy, as it is clear there is some talent there. He has already signed up on the next Cronenberg picture alongside Viggo Mortensen, so we shall see what happens. Let's hope he is serious about wanting to distance himself from it all.

Put this all together and you have a small, experimental film that you have to be completely prepared for, one that is purposefully aloof and probably disappointing to at least half the audience who weren't to know any better. On the other hand, you have a master of his craft making cinema from an un-cinematic source that is essentially metaphor piled upon metaphor, drawing a compelling performance from a lead who I never thought I'd like, and creating something which, despite all that has been said about its impenetrability, actually managed to pull me in to a point where I wanted to know where it was all leading.

So where does it all lead? An inevitable showdown with an acting veteran, a 20 minute scene, driven by some stunning dialogue. It is a scene I think Stanley Kubrick would have been proud to put his name to; as he once said, "It might be real, but it's not interesting." Well I think 'Cosmopolis' proves his point nicely; it may not be "real" but there is definitely something exciting happening that I didn't want to walk away from. If you are still on board by the end, it will knock your socks off and bring the film to a close in a way that makes some strange, demented sense, and even carve out some empathy, though who you feel it for may be unclear.

I completely appreciate this is a niche film, and many either won't understand it, or won't work to engage with it at all. Certainly most people going for the star are going to leave confused. If, however, you are a Cronenberg fan and you want to see him treading some genuinely new cinematic ground, or you simply have patience and an understanding that cinema does not necessarily have to make full sense to be exciting, try this out. Certainly due to be the strangest film this year, but one I can't stop replaying in my head and wanting to watch again for reasons I can't even explain. Pattinson's character Eric says, "Show me something I don't know." This echoes nicely the attitude with which you need to approach this film to even stand a chance of getting into it, but if you can you might just be surprised.

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