Lost Transmissions is exactly what Joker should have been. A great look at mental illness that doesn’t glorify or villainize people struggling with it. It’s topped off with amazing performances and beautiful cinematography.
This is one of the more unique looking films of 2020 so far. Every shot is beautifully framed and paired with interesting camera work. It reminds me of the way Thoroughbreds was shot due to the long takes and people walking down long hallways and sidewalks. There’s just always something to appreciate on screen at all times.
The film explores Hannah, an aspiring songwriter, and her relationship with a longtime friend/producer who is struggling with schizophrenia. I really appreciate that this film doesn’t ever try and heighten the struggle with this illness for more drama, and that it really respects portraying what seems like a very authentic experience with it. If you come into the film with not knowing much about the illness, you will definitely come out with a whole new understanding. It really succeeds in the place of educating without feeling like it’s being stuffed down your throat or dramatizing it to the point of being offensive.
ACTING | CHARACTERS | DIALOGUE:
All of the performances in the film are incredible. Simon Pegg gives a career best, being the standout for me in the film. I really love that he didn’t take the easy route of playing this character by just going down the ‘crazy list route. Instead, he opts for a lot of subtly. It’s a quieter performance with a lot of nuance and detail. It will be one I’ll still be talking about near the end of the year come awards season. Juno Temple plays off of him really well, kind of being the audience a lot of the time, but still gets a lot of moments to shine. She shows a lot of vulnerability throughout the film, due to her character being a bit naive to the music industry and dealing with someone with mental illness. Alexandria Daddario also sneaks in a good performance; it’s something different from her and I really enjoyed seeing that.
VISUAL EFFECTS | MAKEUP | DESIGN:
MUSIC | SCORE | SOUND DESIGN:
The music and score are easily one of the highlights of the film for me. The score is very different, almost taking you out of the movie at times due to how jarring it can feel early in the film, but once you settle into the movie and get a feel for the tone, it really works. The music is also very interesting. There’s a lot of songs that characters write and sing, and they also feel very unique from what you would expect in a film surrounding music. It reminded me at times of Begin Again and Her Smell.
There’s not much to comment on here, apart from the production design. Every location feels very lived in and real, really immersing you into the film with these characters.
"You Are The Music..."
Genre: Drama. Drama.
If you are looking for a film similar to things like Joker, Begin Again, or Her Smell, I highly recommend this. It’s a great exploration of mental illness and how people close to the ones suffering cope with it, while also being one of the more stylish films of the year. Watch it!