November 7, 2013
The way this movie was shot and edited is really startling. I usually don't notice things like that, but here it's really purposefully jarring. Scenes freeze, and rewind and play again. Or they just freeze and pause before playing on. At first it was kinda annoying. I thought it was over stylized in a way that pulls you out of the story. It's hard to suspend belief when someone is playing with the pictures meant to pull you into their world. But after a while, you see that the film's weird and disturbing use of freeze frames and repetition is also telling India's story.
And India's story is very disturbing. It reminded me a lot of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. It's a very blunt and unsettling look at a type of person that we all know exists but can't, or don't want to understand. I'm not sure Stoker really helps you understand, but it gives you a very intimate glimpse into their mind.
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