Pascual Sisto’s foreboding and crisply shot psychological thriller bears all the trappings of a Yorgos Lanthimos film, with none of the humor or substance. Charlie Shotwell gives a compelling performance as the inscrutable John, who suddenly drops his family into a bunker and embarks upon a clumsily forged independence. Elsewhere, a mother tells her daughter his story, a curiously awkward framing device in an otherwise meticulously composed film.

And what then to make of this dark “fable” given John’s rather uncommon position as the son of a family so wealthy they even have a bunker on their sizable property? John’s motivations don’t need to be explained, but ambiguity does not always yield complexity.

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