Mia Goth goes off the deep end

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That bit is perfect Infinity poolwritten and directed by Brandon Cronenberg, is emerging for the first time as the topic of “baby boomers” (those given an unfair academic advantage through family ties) is a hot topic. It’s not entirely reasonable to question who gets the keys to our collective cultural ship, but in the case of David Cronenberg and his son, Brandon, it’s clear that not since Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach began to sing piano pieces like his elder, Johann Sebastian, there has been the most exciting father-son dynasty in art.

For his third feature, Cronenberg Jr. doesn’t so much hate his father’s style as he expands on it. And Infinity poolin comparison to Cronenberg’s good-but-not-great Old Man Crime of the Future, you might even say he perfects it. In his previous films, Antiviral medicine and Owner. If you’ve seen David Cronenberg’s 1996 film An accident, Probably the strongest film under his belt, then Brandon’s new one is for you.

Infinity pool (named after the elegantly designed swimming pools with a vanishing edge, often near the sea, so from certain angles they give the illusion of going on forever) is at a luxury resort where married couple James (Alexander Skarsgård) and Em ( Cleopatra Coleman) are on vacation. Initially, this suggests that the film will be an indictment of the elite class and how they fail to recognize the extent of their problems, as such. The Triangle of Sorrow. But Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winner, who vomits and poops, pales in comparison to what’s about to happen here.

James is a frustrated writer. He married into wealth. He can’t get it together for the follow-up book and is excited when he meets a fan at the resort. Gabi (Mia Goth) invites him to dinner with her husband, Alban (Jalil Lespert), which he accepts, angering Em because it’s the same place he just said he didn’t want to go.

In a Chinese restaurant (not many Chinese among the waiters), they arrange a walk outside the fenced-off tourist section of some unnamed Instagram-ready paradise. The trip gets weird (and surprisingly well-detailed. and a very intimate sex act) and then bloody when James accidentally hits an islander in their rental car. He wants to stay and seek help, but others know that the laws in these parts are very strict, so they run away.

The next day, James is interrogated and realizes that he must be killed for his crime. However, if he pays the fee, a “double” can be created that can die in place. Is this rule for the unlucky natives who will wear James’ clothes and face punishment? No, it means that a duplicate sentient being with a consciousness of death will be created and then killed by the victim’s youngest son.

Infinity Pool Trailer #1 (2023)

This is strange, for sure, but we are just getting started. A lot of Infinity poolIts power comes from the way it enters unexpected and terrifying territory. It’s true tanks until the end when James joins a group of veterans specializing in the local style of crime and punishment. Philip K. Dick’s Acceptable Standard (or Ringers Dead) is added as we are led to question which version of the character we are seeing. Of course, we’re all on a journey in this crazy vacation called life, but seeing it put figuratively (and in a beautiful setting and stylish interior) does. Infinity pool winner

The film does not avoid physical and emotional violence. There are a few times when it may be necessary to protect your eyes from the scourge of the screen. But the unsettling aspects of the film are what lingered. Everyone, even the most well-adjusted person, plays with self-destructive behavior. What? How else can we describe Wendy’s Baconator? This impulse has been well explored in film and literature, but what Cronenberg has done here straddles the middle to such an extent that we are left face-to-face with its most basic elements. And you may not like what you see.

(Infinity pool will be released in theaters January 27)

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