Contemporary World Cinema | 2017 | 85 minutes
Stranger Says: Nothing is as it seems in this comedy-drama, starring Thomas Middleditch (of Silicon Valley fame), Diana Bang as his friendly neighbor, and Jess Weixler as his manic pixie dream girl love interest/would-be sister (it’s complicated). There are touches of magical realism in the imagery, the choice of music (oldies from the 1950s and 1960s) gives what is ultimately a heavy story a lighter feel, and Middleditch is good as an uptight nerdy dude (sound familiar?) with a depressive streak. The ending is a little cloying and perhaps a little too tidy for its own good, and the true heart of the story (a Memento-like mystery I won’t reveal) isn’t given the gravitas it deserves. (TRICIA ROMANO)
SIFF Says:A comedy about learning to let go, and how everything is amazingly and incredibly connected. Newly divorced Ben (Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley) has hit rock bottom, but fate seems to intervene each time he tries to kill himself. Six months after his best suicide attempt, he’s doing slightly better thanks to therapy and the kindness of his neighbor Tabby (Diana Bang, Bates Motel) until he gets some life-altering news: His parents had adopted a baby girl but gave it up once they found out that they were pregnant with Ben. (“She was cuter than you.” “Okay. Irrelevant.”) Armed with adoption-agency records, he believes he’s found his “sister” in Hanna (Jess Weixler, The Good Wife), a textbook manic pixie dream girl he’d coincidentally met at the pharmacy the day before. There’s a strange, otherworldly spark between them, and against their better judgement they find themselves falling for each other. But sometimes things are too good to be true, and Ben soon learns that the world might just be more inexplicable than he ever imagined. Entanglement is a fascinating piece of cinema, a philosophical comedy with a twisted heart about how life teaches us lessons in the strangest possible ways.
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