People who’d seen the earlier viewing spilled onto the sidewalk as I approached. Most were speechless. Then I heard a woman say, “That was strange. Very strange.” A few moments later a man walked out the door and said to nobody in particular, “I don’t know.”
At showtime, just before the theater’s lights dimmed, the manager stepped in front of the screen and addressed the forty or so people waiting to see the movie.
“A few things,” he said. “First, there will be no refunds given after the first twenty minutes.” He explained that this had been an issue earlier in the day. Next, he advised us that the sound system in the theater is very good, so we shouldn’t be alarmed if it sounds like the speakers are rattling. “That’s how it’s supposed to sound. This film has very quiet moments and very loud moments. Please turn off your phones and anything else that makes noises.”
And then he walked away, the lights dimmed, and I watched the most extraordinary film I’ve ever seen.