When Charlie Kaufman decided to adapt Iain Reid’s novel, no one expected a faithful rendering, but perhaps something along the lines of Adaptation. (2002) – brazenly original and personal, where sometimes you can spot references to the source novel. This one follows a young couple driving in a blizzard; they’re going to visit Jake’s parents, but actually the whole movie is one long, mysterious journey into the past (and what could have been). Sad and confounding, tedious at times, the film is packed with bizarre, darkly humorous and creepy moments. Great cast.
2020-U.S. 134 min. Color. Written and directed by Charlie Kaufman. Novel: Iain Reid. Cast: Jesse Plemons (Jake), Jessie Buckley (The Young Woman), Toni Collette (Mother), David Thewlis (Father), Guy Boyd. Voice of Oliver Platt.
Trivia: Co-produced by Kaufman. Brie Larson was reportedly first cast as the young woman.