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"Butter on the Latch" thrives on its casually true snapshots of confusion and connection.
The film's world is beautiful and scary, but also as intimate as a childhood sleepover.
This isn't the easiest kind of work to release into the world, but surely deserves a place in it.
Elegant and elliptical, Josephine Decker's psychodrama is a blurring of the line between waking and dream states.
The director, Josephine Decker, seems to be filming in a state of permanent sleeplessness; every image and sound has the impulsive energy of a creation wrenched from a void into which she would leap again joyfully.
Decker's sure hand and unique style keep Butter On The Latch swirling onward into weirder, woolier territory.
The film's more overtly observational moments never quite fuse with the more surrealistic passages to convey an organically convincing sense of a mind going on the fritz.
...until the filmmaker can include some kind of adhesive, narrative or otherwise, that can glue her disparate ideas together meaningfully, all that one is left with is evocative images and elusive auras that never truly or satisfyingly add up to much.
One of the pleasures of this intoxicating, at times terrifying 65-minute film is the director's refusal to spell out where she's going and what it all means.
Josephine Decker is a terribly incompetent filmmaker who clearly has no understanding of the basic function of a camera or how it works, as she exhibits in this empty and insufferable waste of time an awful sense of framing and apparently believes that lack of focus is "artsy."
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