A young woman named Arletty drives to the beach town of Point Dune, California, to visit her estranged father, an artist. She finds his house, abandoned. He left a diary in which he addresses her specifically. In it he complains about darkness consuming the town, and horrible nightmares he is having, and implores Arletty to never, ever look for him.
His letter tells her to talk to the owner of the art gallery, who sells his paintings. The gallery owner says he has none of her father's paintings, does not sell them, no one ever comes in looking to buy his works, and says he doesn't know where he went. He says Point Dune is "an artist colony" and he only vaguely remembers her father (his paintings are eerie pop art portraits of groups of people in black, white, and gray, standing;the men are always dressed in black suits, white shirts, and black ties, like dead men at a funeral). It is never clear if these are townspeople, or figures from his visions, or both.
MPAA Ratings: R
This movie is filled to the brim with creepy atmosphere, chilling scenes, very strange and memorable characters, and plenty of genuine "huh"? moments. Watching this film it, at times, felt like it was shot in another dimension. A world of its own creation.
Marianna Hill as Arletty
Anitra Ford as Laura
Royal Dano as Narrator / Joseph Long
Elisha Cook Jr. as Charlie
Michael Greer as Thom
Joy Bang as Toni
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