The God Inside My Ear (2017) [Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival 2018]

After breaking up with her boyfriend during an unusual dinner, Elizia starts having visions and hearing voices. As she navigates this new way of life, she discovers more about herself and the world she lives in.

Written and directed by Joe Badon, The God Inside My Ear is a bit like a fever dream at times and like seeing through the grief brought by a breakup the rest of the time. The film takes the lead character and gives plenty odd situations to navigate through as she discovers her new life and her new ways. The way the film is built around visual styles adapts each of those visual styles to the characters involved , adding visual interest and bringing the images into the story itself. The direction’s attention to details helps bring the story together in a cohesive way.

The film’s visual style, or styles, are a big part of the story and of how the film connects things together and with the viewer. The cinematography by Daniel Waghorne shows these styles clearly and helps bring the story to the screen. The work by Waghorne shows a mastery of his art, creating careful images and giving the film an atmosphere fitting for each scene.

The cast working within this environment is led by Linnea Gregg as Elizia and who gives a performance fitting of the material. This meaning that she is a quirky, off-beat, weirdo here and makes the most of it in some of the most bizarre scenes and sequences. Her performance grounds the film in a sort of reality as it pertains to Elizia. While she gives this odd performance, she also shows that she has a good grip on her emotions and how to express them. The rest of the cast is put on screen to support her and give her sound boards of sorts for her slow decent in what seems to be madness.

The God Inside My Ear is an interesting exercise in quirk and oddity with a relatable lead. The film definitely has some elements that make it creepy, mostly on a psychological level where the lead character’s decent into madness is the central point of the film. Offering explorations on mental illness, the film unfortunately unravels with its ending that breaks the rest of the film and makes most of what was watched feel mostly moot.

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