Holly seems to have it all: two kids, a nice house, a good job as a teacher, and a husband with his career on the way up. But there are troubling signs that all is not right in her world. The insomnia. The medication for the insomnia. The dreams from the medication for the insomnia. (Are they even dreams?) And then there’s the mouse that appears in her home. Upsetting her already delicate balance, it sends her spiraling out of control. Writer/director Dean Kapsalis’ feature debut explores a week in the life of a woman on the verge in this haunting meditation on mental illness.
Writer/director Dean Kapsalis’ feature debut explores a week in the life of a woman on the verge in this haunting meditation on mental illness. While the film gets off to a strong start, it soon bogs down with scenes that prove redundant while murky screenwriting fails to clarify key plot points. Kapsalis isn’t nearly as clever as he thinks he is as his attempts at mysterious ambiguity comes off as vague and lazy. This film spends more time spinning its wheels than engaging the audience. 2 Stars. Rated R. 95 minutes.