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‘Anatomy of a Fall’ Is a Gloriously Disorienting Thrill Ride

‘Anatomy of a Fall’ Is a Gloriously Disorienting Thrill Ride

The opening scene of Anatomy of a Fall achieves a rare, special kind of disorientation, one baffling enough to make the viewer question reality. Did I arrive late? I wondered, even though I knew I’d been sitting in the theater when the house lights had gone down minutes prior. Sandra (played by Sandra Hüller), a writer, is being interviewed in her home by a graduate student about her work. But it’s nigh impossible to parse the questions and answers, or the subtly flirty vibes between interviewer and interviewee, because loud music is blasting all through the house, something they try to ignore but eventually acknowledge as insurmountable, postponing the conversation until later. Sandra’s husband, Samuel (Samuel Theis), is working upstairs in the attic, playing music on a huge speaker, but we don’t see him, and his motivation for such obnoxiousness is never explained. If Sandra is annoyed, she barely shows it; the viewer mostly identifies with the poor graduate student, mercifully excused from a dynamic loaded with tension. Only as Anatomy of a Fall progresses …