Naomi’s long-suffering fiancé Lucas believes they live in objective reality, where he dutifully takes care of her while she mopes around the house in a state of near catatonia. However, Mikayla, the woman who appears in the fantasy landscapes Naomi visits in her waking dreams, after painting them on her canvases, seems to think otherwise, even though she is less dogmatic about it. Mikayla also acts like she is Naomi’s partner, causing her further confusion. Frankly, the disturbed artist is starting to come unmoored, mentally and emotionally, because her nightmares of drowning are depriving her of sleep.
That is sort of the situation, but of course it is much trickier than that. Bachochin has a big, heady twist to lay on viewers halfway through that really turns the film on its head. Unfortunately, the first half (or so) has major pacing issues. For far too long, viewers will also feel like they are trapped in that house with the monosyllabic Naomi.
Parallax runs nearly a full two hours, but it really ought to be more like ninety minutes. There is too much set-up to chug through, but the mind-tripping material is worth making the effort. This is ultra-micro-DIY filmmaking, but it is built around some smart writing and intriguing concepts. It is a promising statement from an emerging filmmaker, but genre fans should be ready to pace themselves during the early going. Recommended for fans of scrappy indie science fiction, Parallax releases this Friday (7/10), on VOD platforms.