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Men (2022). Men: Directed by Alex Garland. With Jessie Buckley, Rory Kinnear, Paapa Essiedu, Gayle Rankin. A young woman goes on a solo vacation to the English countryside following the death of her ex-husband.

“Fueled by nightmarish imagery, extremely disturbing sexual themes, a persistently unsettling atmosphere, and an extremely engaging core performance from Jessie Buckley, this film had serious potential to be another superb film from Alex Garland. As a director who has adroitly navigated gender dynamics previously (eg, Ex Machina) this nihilistic take on the insuperable gap between men and women never quite met its potential. The ending does not resolve, and this left us discussing outside of the theater the manner in which this looks like Garlandu0026#39;s first misstep. Clearly, there were some brilliant moments, but overall Meh(n) was somewhat of a disappointment.”

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