Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem are absolutely incredible in their performances as the mother of a kidnapped girl and her former lover from many years ago. Their past is no secret (hence the film's title), but that doesn't mean we know the full story.
This is psychological tension at its finest, slowly building steam toward an explosive finale and a final shot that borders on brilliance.
There are some absolutely amazing shots composed throughout the film, and everything is elevated by Shapiro's score and Kidman's fearless performance.
This film definitely has some big ideas about free will, higher powers, escapism and what it truly means to love someone, but the execution is certainly clunky.
Sometimes we all need a fresh set of eyes to identify the best parts of ourselves amidst the shadows and darkness that encapsulate our thoughts.
Infatuation, jealousy and resentment are are a potent mix of ingredients capable of producing a volatile cocktail.
Sometimes we can't help but feel isolated, whether we live in a big city, a small community or, in this case, a literal ghost town.
The entire 90 minute runtime you feel like you're having an acute asthma attack, your breath always just barely out of reach.
It's an extremely watchable modern noir with some hilariously light moments to cut through the darkness.
There is nothing like this in theaters right now, and personally, I've never seen anything like it period.
It works as a mystery, revealing its twists and turns at precise moments, but also as a profound love story, showing how affection can be equally healthy and destructive.