The Lodge (Franz and Fiala 2019)
The Lodge is a film created by the same duo that made the critical darling Goodnight Mommy in 2014. This film explores divorce, family, isolation, paranoia, and mental illness. Atmospheric and interesting, it is ultimately unsatisfying. By refusing to take a clear position, even one of non-committal, The Lodge is more frustrating than horrific. One high note, Riley Keough does continue to be an extraordinary actor in everything she does.
SPOILERS IN THIS EPISODE
TOPIC INDEX – (Franz and Fiala 2019) (times are approximate)
0:35 – Introductions
4:10 – Discussion begins
7:30 – A very personal viewing experience for Laura
14:30 – Where does our empathy lie?
19:30 – evaluating mom
22:00 – Marshall’s viewing experience
25:20 – bullets in the gun
27:50 – start over with character continuum
30:15 – referenda
39:50 – is the ambiguity meaningful?
43:30 – doll houses
50:00 – was there a referendum?
53:00 – lack of information
1:02:15 – how would we improve the film?
1:11:00 – possible narratives
1:16:00 – the hegemony of marriage
1:22:05 – religion
1:25:10 – Grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Social Responsibility
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