I watched this last night on Amazon Prime. It's one of those movies that doesn't spell everything out, which I like because it forces me to think and makes it worth rewatching. The black and white camera work is excellent and contributes to a claustrophopic feeling. The performances by Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson are impressive. This is by the same director as THE VVITCH (2015), Robert Eggers, and shows the same attention to detail including manner of speech from a particular time and place. I used the subtitles, because I didn't want to miss anything. SPOILERS... There was a lot of symbolism, which takes some time to unpack, but the most obvious was of Greek mythology with the shapeshifter Proteus "old man of the sea" and Prometheus who stole fire from the gods and suffered the consequences. I was also getting a Hellish afterlife vibe... the idea of being trapped with someone you can't stand as punishment for your sins. Why not just have the damned torture each other? There is also the mundane interpretation: after being tortured by one's own conscience and being isolated long enough you simply go crazy. The characters lie, can tell that the other is lying, and eventually are no longer able to tell reality from fantasy.
Just what I need in the year 2020 -- A movie about going crazy from isolation!
Last Edit: Dec 13, 2020 12:39:36 GMT -5 by GRWelsh