Endorphine – Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)

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With the death of a girl’s mother comes multiple avenues, nearly all dealing with time and a psychological element, of her grieving process.

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Trigger Warning(s):
Blood (gore)

Characters Worth Noting

Simone (Sophie Nelisse [13] & Mylene MacKay [25])

Main Storyline (with Commentary)

Simone’s parents, for reasons never noted, are no longer together. Because of this Simone transitions between the two. One day, her mother decides to head to her office after picking up Simone, and when she takes too long Simone decides to see what is taking her so long. As she walks up the stairs she sees her mother murdered and then faints. Thus leading to us watching various times in Simone’s life as she deals with the guilt of not helping her mother before she met death and seeing the toll it left on her.

Low Points

The main issue with this film is that in its effort to be artsy and play with the concept of time, it could easily lose you in terms of knowing what is going on or interest. I say this since the film begins with 13-year-old Simone, but she is in this weird place where it is like her life is being used for a lecture on time. Which at first works as you begin seeing loops. However, once things switch to 25-year-old Simone you are left questioning if we are about to see Simone’s mother’s death from another angle. Especially as you see a scene which Simone [13] was watching on the TV being filmed in front of Simone [25]. But then it is revealed this is but Simone at an older age. Which is fine, but then you are left with these new set of characters and odd situations in which as the film goes from weird to stimulate your mind to weird for the sake of it, and you get lost in its feeble attempt to be avant-garde.

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