Paul Malikkal

Review

Right Now, Wrong Then (2016)

Paul Malikkal

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Slacker, Rashomon, Scott Pilgrim v.s. The World, and even this year's La La Land examined second chances and the effects of minute decisions on larger narratives; But no film has explored these ideas as thoroughly as Right Now, Wrong Then.Audiences often describe the experience of viewing a naturalistic film as "being a fly-on-the-wall", a description that rarely fits, because there's little distance between the audience and the characters. However, that description seems to suit Right Now, Wrong Then perfectly.The film's detachment from its characters is most overtly evidenced in its minimal use of close-ups. Infact, they're only used after documentary-style zoom-ins. Much of the film is shot in unbroken, wide shots that purposefully distance us from the characters.The result is less of a lament for a missed connection or a celebration of a second chance, but rather a feature-length social experiment that puts daily interactions beneath a microscope.

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