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|Original title:||Under the Silver Lake|
|Genre:||Mystery, Comedy, Thriller|
|Direction:||David Robert Mitchell|
|Production country:||USA 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 139 Min|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
Sam (Andrew Garfield) lives in a small apartment in Los Angeles. Sam has no money, the landlord threatens him with eviction, but he still does not think about looking for a job. He prefers to meet his buddy (Topher Grace), watch his permissive neighbour with binoculars or read comics. But then he meets the beautiful Sarah (Riley Keough), who even invites him. Sam can hardly believe his luck, even if Sarah's suddenly appearing roommates prevent them from ending up in bed at the last moment. The next day when Sam wants to get back to where the previous evening ended so abruptly, he has to realize that Sarah has disappeared without a trace. When Sam starts searching for his dream woman, this is the beginning of a mad odyssey through the big city - and soon he seems to get entangled in a web of conspiracies and urban myths…
"Under the Silver Lake" is the successor of David Robert Mitchell's surprise success "It Follows". If this was unusual, but still clearly belongs to the horror genre, the case with "Under the Silver Lake" is much more difficult. When I was asked after the press screening whether I liked the film, I could say yes, but I had to say: "I have no idea why". And this hasn't changed much, even with more intensive thinking. Certainly, there are some aspects that I can clearly name that helped me have a lot of fun over two hours.
There are, for example, the very clear references to other films and works by great directors such as Alfred Hitchcock. Mitchell bows to Hollywood in a very original and at the same time charming way. As a friend of the cinema, you just have to love that. Then there's lead actor Andrew Garfield, who is so wonderfully absorbed by the abstruse story that it's just a great pleasure. And then there are just wonderful weird moments that have hit exactly my humor center.
But what I saw is hard to define. The story is interlaced, absurd and loses itself again and again in the picture rush or in absurdities. That shouldn't actually work - but it does. Because even if you as a viewer are at a loss all the time, Mitchell seems to know exactly what he is doing. Whenever you want to say goodbye spiritually, he always presses the right button, so that your attention immediately flares up again.
"Under the Silver Lake" is a mystery - and that's probably a good thing. A film that works, even if you don't understand it one hundred percent. This crazy genre mix is a must for anyone who enjoys weird, unadapted Hollywood cinema: absolutely worth seeing!
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