Review: Woodshock (2017)

Directed by: Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy | 100 minutes | drama, thriller | Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Joe Cole, Pilou Asbæk, Steph DuVall, Jack Kilmer, Susan Traylor, Joel McCoy, Michael Pavlicek, Joseph Wray Barney, Henry Pokorski, Kyler Jude Hanson

Theresa works in a medicinal weed store in a quiet town in California. She lives in a large house in the middle of the woods, together with her boyfriend and her sick mother. One of the products the weed store has under the counter is a mixture of weed and deadly poison. Perfect for euthanasia, you would say. So when Theresa’s mother doesn’t want to live anymore, Theresa hands her the deadly joint. And then…

And then the most vacant 90 minutes of your life begin. What happens next is that Theresa wanders around her house, putting on gloves, dreaming about trees, turning on a tap, dreaming about trees, smoking a joint, staring ahead, staring ahead, staring ahead, staring ahead , dreams of trees, stares ahead, sleeps, visits friends, goes back home, dreams of trees, takes an action that makes no sense at all and then probably dreams of trees again, but we are not sure because then thank god we will be delivered from our suffering by the credits.

“Woodshock” is a product of Kate and Laura Mulleavy, two sisters who made a name for themselves in the fashion world with their successful brand Rodarte. A switch from fashion to film can work out well (see Tom Ford), but in the case of the Mulleavys, it’s a clear case of hubris. The sisters also had to write the screenplay if necessary, and everything indicates that they did so while enjoying medicinal or non-medicated stimulants.

A shame, because the beautiful visuals, the presence of Kirsten Dunst and the wonderful music (Wire, Feelies, Television) could have led to a good result with a better scenario. If only the sisters had used a novel as the source for their film, just like Tom Ford. Then they must have produced something other than this boring try-out. A try that almost makes you long for such a deadly joint.

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