Clementine, with its score and sometimes eerie characters strings you along to what might be an unsatisfying finish.
|Director(s)||Lara Jean Gallagher|
|Screenplay By||Lara Jean Gallagher|
|Good If You Like||A Good Sweeping Score|
|Isn’t For You If You||Want The Score To Match What’s Happening On Screen|
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Clementine Plot Summary
Karen and D have just broken up, and D has taken Karen’s dog hostage. Due to that, Karen decides to squat in D’s lakeshore home. It’s there she meets Lana. Someone who is quite mysterious, a bit charming, and may or may not be someone dangerous.
What the score gives Clementine is possibilities. The kind which dance in your head since it pushes you to think you’re in a horror movie. For as it sets the tone, it makes you weary of Lana, the boy who claims to be looking after the house, Beau, and even D. Because as soon as the music hits, you question each character’s intention, whether Karen will end up face down in the lake, or maybe ran out the house barely able to drive. That’s how beautifully haunting this score is.
On The Fence
What You Imagine Might Feel Better Than What’s Delivered
The paranoia the score inspires may feel better than what’s delivered. Which isn’t to say Sweeney or Marrero deliver bad performances. It’s just, in you waiting for something to happen, questioning if this character or that character are as they seem, you get frustrated waiting for something to pair itself with the dramatic music. Be it Lana becoming some sort of femme fatale taking advantage of Karen’s loneliness, D calling the cops, something!
Yet, you eventually come to realize that the score is building up to none of your wild fantasies. Leaving you feeling tricked and perhaps making it hard to enjoy Karen’s journey with Lana. If that’s who she really is.
Clementine Overall Rating: Mixed (Divisive)
While the score is beautiful, and Sweeney’s performance specifically may catch you off guard a little, it’s hard not to feel a little bit misled. Hence the mixed label. Clementine leads you to believe it is a thriller, horror even, but it’s more so a steamboat drama without much, if any real thrills. Making it so your while imagination feels challenged, it leads you to hate the reality you have to accept is canon.