‘Infinity Pool’ Review [Sundance Film Festival]
Infinity Pool is a film written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg. It stars Alexander Skarsgård as James Foster, Cleopatra Coleman as Em Foster, and Mia Goth as Gabi.
The film follows a couple, James and Em Foster who are visiting a luxurious resort in the fictional country of Li Tolqa. James is in search for inspiration for his next novel, only surviving due to Em’s family’s publishing empire. During their visit, they meet Gabi and her partner Alban (Jalil Lespert). Being a fan of James’ last novel, Gabi insists that the two couples spend time together. Their day trip ends in a fatal car accident, with James to blame. The crime’s punishment is execution, however, there is a solution available to the ultra-wealthy that involves cloning.
The film was visually stunning and experimental. It’s filled with flashing sequences of color, gore, and genitalia. I loved the designs of the creepy masks featured in the film. I was also really impressed by all of the prosthetics and gore sequences.
Skarsgård’s character was a huge focus of the film. We see a haunting transformation of his character, who is pulled into an inescapable mess of lunacy and madness. Goth as always, was really great portraying the charming Gabi who ends up giving into her animalistic desires, becoming maniacal in the process.
Infinity Pool is a film I can see as being divisive due to its inherently experimental nature. As for myself, I enjoyed it. It delves deep into themes of wealth, narcissism, birth/rebirth, and existence. However, it has some striking images that aren’t for the faint of heart.
Infinity Pool releases January 27.