Review in Brief: Something in the Dirt (2022)

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s follow-up to the weird THE ENDLESS and the (slightly) more mainstream SYNCHRONIC is another low-key, cerebral sci-fi, this time filmed mostly in Moorhead’s own LA apartment out of Lockdown necessity. Two new neighbours discover a strange, unexpectedly musical physics phenomenon in the corner of an apartment living room and set about trying to make a documentary about it, putting pressure on their relationship and throwing up shocking personal revelations in the process. It’s a credit to Moorhead and Benson’s creative partnership, their inventiveness, craftsmanship and on-screen chemistry that their projects continue to be so compelling and unique. You never get easy answers from these films, but the images, the feelings they evoke and the threads left tantalisingly dangling at the close should please the established fanbase. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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