Robert EggersRobert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman
USA / 2019 / English / 109 minutes / B&W
Robert Eggers follows up his 2015 debut The Witch with a psychological nightmare infused with equal parts Herman Melville and H.P. Lovecraft. Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe excel as, respectively, the novice and veteran wickies tasked with the upkeep of a remote lighthouse in 19th century New England. Inevitably the suffocating claustrophobia, harsh conditions, and incessant flatulence take their toll, plunging both men into a maelstrom of hallucinogenic, testosterone-fueled paranoia. FIPRESCI Prize, Cannes.