Best and Worst of 2013 Sundance Film Festival
Nicole Kidman, 'Upstream Color' and 'Before Midnight' make the cut
Director: Park Chan-wook
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska
Lowdown: The first English-language feature from Korean genre master Park Chan-wook is a risky high-wire act that stood to fall spectacularly -- and indeed, many critics think this wild blend of the Gothic, the Hitchcockian and, well, whatever realm Park occupies went too far in too many directions. But I thought the director completely control of his eccentricities, from the calculated echoing of "Shadow of a Doubt" to the metric precision of his mise-en-scene, while the actors are all clearly enjoying the liberties of his anti-Hollywood sensibility: Nicole Kidman serves up another brilliant study in passive-aggressive froideur, but it's Mia Wasikowska who commands the film with a kooky kind of grace. The least Sundance-y film at this year's fest, and by far the most fun.
- Guy Lodge