The Wanting Mare (2020)
Critic Consensus: The Wanting Mare operates at a chilly remove, but writer-director Nicholas Ashe Bateman's visually striking drama is worth watching for its sheer ambition.
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It fails to grasp that, even in a world empty of hope, the interior life of its characters is still more interesting than visually impressive rubble and ruins.
Bateman's worldbuilding introduces stranger elements that are always counterbalanced by more grounded emotional developments, keeping the audience engaged as hard as the esoteric mythology pushes them away.
This kind of hushed, low-key story certainly wouldn't be the most obvious place to start an epic, but it's a captivating chunk of mood and personality begging for future chapters. Here's hoping Bateman finds a way to tell them.
In this garish and corporatized age of IP, it seems the auteur is alive and, even if he's occasionally dragged down by the weight of his own ambitions, doing pretty well.
There's something haunting and poetic too about the simplicity of this story, which is primarily about how people find reasons to persevere once they find a companion.
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