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While I was eagerly awaiting a trailer (yes, this one excites me) for this "meta-detective" story which premiered at Locarno, I got sick and it appeared in the lineup for TIFF, so small it is no more. Unfortunately, there's still no trailer but I nabbed the stills off the Locarno website for you to check out along with the synopsis.

A meta-detective story about a reclusive woman who searches for meaning in the mysterious documents that keep appearing to her. Her investigation begins when she finds a tape recording of a man giving a bizarre lecture. Calming and sinister at the same time, he instructs how to ”get where you need to go”. Is this a random find, or a message to her? Another strange document presents itself, and another. Swiftly her home becomes an archive brimming with enigmatic texts, images and sounds. She forms deep connections with the people contained in the documents – the Lecturer, the Prisoner, the Inventor – each of them, like her, struggling with the unknowable laws of their own worlds. But the organizer becomes the organized when her meticulous system turns on her. The archive is a trickster which threatens to pull her mind apart. She must make a final choice: is she a free agent, or just a tool of the archive?

So far this is the film I want to see the most out of both Locarno and TIFF. You can check out indiewires review of the film they call "[a] rumination on the fragility of human consciousness" here but be aware of spoilers. I could provide even more, but this one looks like it's better left vague.

Stills after the break. (They really don't give much away)

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