Everyone’s received a plan till a bear wallops them. That occurs to Clint (Willem Dafoe) in “Siberia,” Abel Ferrara’s newest psychodrama, which is equally set within the snowy Arctic wilds and the desolate reaches of an unquiet thoughts. This bracingly pure dream journey begins with Clint as a frontier bartender in a cabin, serving the odd hunter or babushka, and follows him on a dog-driven sled chase via recollections and visions.
The bear assault is available in an unforgettable smash lower, shattering Clint’s obvious plan to cover from the world. However not like Ferrara’s most notorious creations — the unhealthy lieutenants, the kings of New York—Clint’s transgressions don’t appear to be spectacular. That doesn’t cease him from ruminations and self-pity — over previous relationships, an Eisenhower-era father (additionally performed by Dafoe), or dropping contact with a way of soul. (To not point out residing with the world’s legacy of atrocity, which Ferrara invokes briefly and nightmarishly.) Additionally: mystics!
Dafoe, an in depth collaborator with Ferrara, brings the depth and nakedness (not simply bodily) vital for the movie’s journey. I can’t consider different actors at his degree who may hold a way of true north in a nonlinear story like this, from bear scene to intercourse scene to earnest confrontations, amid quotations from St. Augustine and Nietzsche.
Visually, Ferrara sends him on eerie flights via day-for-night wilderness and into vertiginous caverns and sanctums (haunted by wistful musical motifs composed by Joe Delia). The movie (co-written by Ferrara and Christ Zois) ends enigmatically, as goals do. That refusal to stage an orderly conclusion or redemption may be the boldest factor in regards to the film.
Rated R for the stuff that (some) goals are fabricated from, comparable to sturdy sexual content material and disturbing violence. Operating time: 1 hour 32 minutes. In theaters and obtainable to hire or purchase on Apple TV, Google Play and different streaming platforms and pay TV operators.