‘The Girl and the Spider’ Review: Hell Is Your Neighbors in Tragicomedy from ‘Strange Little Cat’ Team

‘The Girl and the Spider’ Review: Hell Is Your Neighbors in Tragicomedy from ‘Strange Little Cat’ Team
The Girl and the Spider” opens with a Pdf floor plan of an apartment layout, and ends with a young woman perhaps vanishing. The tantalizing mysteries in the latest film from the “Strange Little Cat” team of Ramon and Silvan Zürcher never quite reveal themselves in this story about two roommates torn asunder and to separate middle-class flats in Berlin. While the mad entropy of this chamber piece — filled with doppelgängers, women coming and going from rooms, as T.S. Eliot might say — will drive some viewers barking insane, .

One half of the splitting duo (and it’s never clear if she and her now-ex-roommate were ever quite romantic) is Mara (Henriette Confurius), whose odd tactile obsessions puncture the entire film and are immediately announced in the opening scene: she is oddly soothed by the sight and sound of a jackhammer. She hangs around in the wings, picking at a herpes blister,
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