Plot and character sketchiness aside, though, Vanishing Waves is incredibly absorbing, because Buozyte and Samper are smart about how sexual urges can override all reason and obligation.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A scintillating sci-fi throwback, Vanishing Waves draws inspiration from Stanley Kubrick and Andrei Tarkovsky, among others, but without feeling plagiaristic.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Buozyte and her co-writer and "visual style author" Bruno Samper make the most of pricey-looking production design, cocooning their leads in soft white light, prowling dolly shots, and shimmering special effects.
Yes, it's derivative to a fault-but a deserved midnight-movie cult following is all but assured.
| Original Score: 3/5
Writer/director Kristina Buozyte creates some stunning dreamscapes and puts together the shared-experience sequences with a real freshness.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Excellent production values and a standout performance by Jurga Jutaite as immovable victim and movingly vulnerable dream girl...make this one to catch
...once the conceit is revealed, the attention-span vanishes.
There are interesting themes: about how much of the impulse to love is hidden from the conscious mind, and how much of sex is fantasy. But the impact is diminished by lifeless leads.
| Original Score: 2/4
This Lithuanian love story from Kristina Buozyte offers a discomfiting blend of visual ecstasy and narrative sterility.
| Original Score: 2/5