Review Stream: Horse Girl

Movie: Horse Girl

Where to watch it: Netflix

Spoilers: Yes

Sarah is a quiet, socially awkward young woman. She fills her time by working in a fabric store, doing arts and crafts, visiting her former horse at the stables, and watching a supernatural TV series. She has a roommate who does her best to draw her out of social isolation but fails. Sarah begins to have increasingly lucid dreams and appears to be losing time when awake. She seems to be losing her mind – or is she beginning to understand what happened to her grandmother many years ago. Sarah suspects that she may actually be a clone of her grandmother because they look so similar and she is now glitching. When no one takes her seriously or will help her dig up her grandmother so she can have her DNA compared, her mental status breaks down further. Sarah begins to see people from her dreams in real life but they don’t remember her. Finally, Sarah’s fragile psyche cannot take anymore and she is admitted to a mental facility. She finally has a breakthrough and all is clear. She IS her grandmother. She being abducted by aliens who are moving her through time. With this understanding, she knows she must allow them to take her to the correct time so that she can become her grandmother. She returns home to dress like her grandmother from an old photo. She gets her former horse from the stables, walks into the woods, and prepares to be abducted so she can go home.

Rating: B+

Is it worth watching: Yes, but go into it with an open mind. This is a mind-binding, cerebral film. The pace is inconsistent. Sometimes it moves slow and other times it moves incredibly fast. Does Sarah have a form of psychosis like her grandmother did or is she her grandmother? I suppose that’s up to the viewer. There is good evidence for both.

It’s a beautifully done film that deserves a higher rating than the one given on IMDB. As my 12 year old says, “It was good. Just really weird.” Weird does not equal bad. If you want to accept this as a depiction of a person with mental illness, it’s fantastic. If you want to see it as a strange science-fiction film, then consider how a real person and their friends/family would react in this setting. Then it’s probably pretty spot on. Either way, it works for me.

It has a stunning cast. Sarah is portrayed by Alison Brie. Supporting cast includes Molly Shannon, Debby Ryan, and Paul Reiser.

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Once upon a time, Sharon was invited to attend a comic convention. She had always wanted to go to a comic-con but thought it was out of her reach. While at this convention, she met Richard who asked her if she could write. She scoffed. Of course she was capable of writing. But then he clarified and asked if she would be willing to a be a writer for TBK Magazine. She agreed. Little did she know that she was signing on to become a podcaster, assistant editor of the magazine, Vice President of a publishing company, best mensch, and a sister. Her whole world would expand for the better after that trip in 2016. She would be forever grateful. The magazine would be her safe haven and the staff would become a part of her family. And still to this day, Richard has not fulfilled his promise of singing the cow song to Sharon.   Sharon was born in mid 1980’s and raised in Northeastern Arkansas. She has been married to her childhood sweetheart, Jesse, since 2004. They have two amazing sons. Outside of her official TBK responsibilities, she works as a nurse.   She loves theater, costumes, cosplay, and Halloween. She is addicted to Chapstick and will ALWAYS have at least one with her at all times. She despises spiral staircase, escalators, and people that do not understand how four way stops work.
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