Up front the ost was a true standout. Bizarre and confusing at times but it always fit like a glove
The fades here between scenes and even the fades of nothing into action really help push this obscure, sanitized, monotonous tone.
The fisheye torture scene are some of the most visceral and brutal things I’ve seen in a long time.
Schrader is such a misanthrope pessimist, but his deep belief in love always saturates his films. His emotions hits me like no others.
Tarkovsky has people levitating for emotion bliss and Schrader gives us his classic hands touching. Gets me every time.