DISSOLUTION – Review by Liz Braun

The hopelessness that pervades most of Nina Menkes’ Dissolution leaves a viewer in emotional freefall. The film is in black and white and is mesmerizing to look at, albeit disturbing to experience. Menkes has said the film is loosely based on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, hence the conversations about sickness, dreams and a capacity to speak to ghosts, and what looks like a dream sequence about a horse beating. This is a 21st century horror film and possibly the perfect movie for right now, given that all four horsemen of the Apocalypse — pestilence, war, famine and death — are currently at full gallop amongst us.

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