These actors are charismatic as hell. Askenazi knows exactly how to capture them in a way that makes you want to climb right into the screen and live in that world with them. Though this is a Mexican production, he makes excellent use of popular American music like Fleet Foxes and Father John Misty. The actor who plays Benny (Daniel Adissi) even contributed to the soundtrack. And I want to give a shout-out to the set design and art direction by Christian Gallardo and Connie Martinez. Each couple has a distinctive look to their apartment that informs their characters. And while we’re at it, cinematographer Beto Casillas should get a prize because the shots and the lighting in this movie are something else. The scenes span a wide range of conditions, from nighttime cityscape flyovers, to the rooftop shots, to intimate bedroom scenes, and they all look amazing.
Apparently, there were something like 20 edits of this movie, and I can see why. The puzzle pieces fit together in so many ways. The editing by Jorge García has a certain pace — each scene is a whole moment, but when a new one starts you’re often not sure where it belongs in time. The result is that you are really never sure what comes next. This is exacerbated by some extremely strange things goings on, like something out of a David Lynch film. As a result, there’s an air of mystery hanging over everything.
“…the film’s style alone makes it a must-see. And when I say style, I mean everything…”
There’s one way of doing mystery that really pisses me off, and that is introducing strangeness just for the sake of it, with no real idea about how to resolve it (e.g., Inland Empire). At the other extreme, if your plot is too predictable, there’s no mystery at all. Two Times You is almost perfectly balanced — there’s a thematic point to every mysterious thing, even if it isn’t all entirely logical. I say almost because there were a few times when I felt things went a touch overboard — one scene had a deliciously strange spooky + sexy feeling, and a completely confounding effect on subsequent scenes, but it just felt so blasted into another universe as to lose the audience a bit. Most of the time this works in the film’s favor though. The result is like most great art — there are things to read in, but they aren’t wrapped up in a bow. You end up thinking about what it all means for hours.