Vanishing Waves Reviews
As a three-star, I mean to rate this as a movie that is a good example of the genre, but one has to understand the the genre is "fever dream" and that the explorations are deeply psychological and melodramatic. It does not have wider appeal than this genre.
That said, the work of the director and creative designer (co-writers too), produces drawn out moments exploring sex, physicality, insecurity and rage. The decision to place 75% of the screen time inside the shared mind of one of the characters leaves us seeing metaphor and personal history blended into representations of the phantom relationship between the researcher and the patient.
Missing here is any sort of investigation of the patient's life by the researcher who is becoming obsessed. Or piecing together moments of imagery into a clearer narrative that the researcher relates to his confidant. These clear paths to a plot were avoided, which I think was a regrettable choice.