in about 100 words or less
US 134m, Colour
Director: Charlie Kaufman; Cast: Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette, David Thewlis
A deeply melancholic and surreal psychological drama, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is based on Iain Reid’s 2016 novel of the same name. Lacking any explicit reveal, Kaufman’s adaptation is mesmerising, but not as rewarding as it might have been if the film’s plot had been more easily grasped. Despite the obfuscation that will leave most viewers scratching their heads (including myself), ultimately this is a peculiarly satisfying film that both demands and requires a second viewing (Klaus Ming September 2020).