For the Plasma

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For the Plasma begins in a remote house on the coast of Maine, where a young woman named Helen has found work as a forest-fire lookout responsible for monitoring the nearby woodland. While analyzing CCTV footage of the surrounding forest, she discovers she can reconfigure her perception to predict shifts in global financial markets. But when her inquisitive and demanding friend Charlie arrives at the house, Helen finds herself challenged and unsettled by her new colleague, and the two girls' relationship begins to unravel. From this cryptic premise grows a lo-fi mind-bender of intimate scale and startling relevance that flirts with sci-fi and horror conventions, even as it subverts them. To the strains of an electronic score, For the Plasma juxtaposes pastoral imagery with surveillance technology, every shade and shadow captured in gorgeous 16mm.

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  • [An] annoyingly oblique exercise in arty affectation by Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan.

    Aug 11, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The movie's sole attraction is an odd, exceptionally potent electronic score by Japanese pop musician Keiichi Suzuki.

    Jul 28, 2016 | Full Review…
  • For the Plasma finds genuine, almost innocent-seeming delight in its own swerves in style and rhythm.

    Jul 21, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Ranks among the year's most singular movies, even as it also ranks among the year's most painful movies to endure.

    Jul 21, 2016 | Rating: D | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

    AV Club
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  • Only faintly touching upon notions of intuitive collaboration and inspiration, "For the Plasma" wanders about as if it's in a fog, ultimately to the point of pointlessness.

    Jul 20, 2016 | Full Review…

    Nick Schager

    Variety
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  • "For the Plasma" is a film with no shortage of ambition, taste (Maine looks great in 16-millimeter) or ideas. It's a shame those ideas are so incoherent.

    Jul 20, 2016 | Full Review…

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