The idea that escapism is cinema’s primary purpose feels somewhat outdated – particularly when you’re talking about Charlie Kaufman. The American filmmaker, always screenwriter and often director, makes movies that deliver catharsis: introspective portraits of people confronting their demons, or, at least, clearly needing to confront them so urgently that escape, pure distraction, is never an option.
These aren’t high-concept fantastical pictures – there are no spells, dragons, or mythology – but there is always an element of heightened reality, an exploration of the ways in which our minds can distort facts and experiences, without magic or science-fiction needing to fill in the gaps. Reality is slippery, often scary, and Kaufman writes films that force you to grapple with that notion.
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