Losing Ground

Losing Ground ★★★★½

It's always the same when strange things happen in your life, or when you do terrible decisions or say things that you can't ever take back, or when you end up doing things you never thought you'd do. You have your routines, the environment you're familiar with - so it doesn't really take much for things to get weird. You may find yourself in a new place, perhaps you're travelling or perhaps you're on some other more local journey - as soon as you are unfamiliar with your surroundings, or the people around you, you're on your own; you improvise. You're no longer exactly sure of what to say, how to react, who you are - and the world suddenly seems like a strange, new place, when really it's the place you're in every day.

Some things are just unique by definition, and then some. Kathleen Collins had a lot to give, but only made one movie - this one, a semi-autobiographical tale of a frigid philosophy teacher who deals with her husbands infidelity... sort of. Really, the movie is more about that aforementioned experience, the sense of "losing ground" as it were. The story is pretty plain, and the execution has this rinky dink quality that's vaguely reminiscent of Cassavetes, but it's so personally linked to Collins that the movie is like nothing else.

It's not an overtly strange film, in fact it's not surreal or dream-like at all, yet it nevertheless is all about a mental state, the confusion of a person whose life's walls and roof suddenly cave in and she needs to charge... like, somehow, for some reason, like... life, love, what the fuck is going on here.

Watched & Ranked in 2019: 2/117 (could be #1)

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