Chemicals, Like God [Matthew Roe & Kat Parker, USA, 2017]

Matthew Roe and Kat Parker’s silent film Chemicals, Like God (USA, 2017) sounds and feels like a swarm of bees. Guitars, sitars and synths wail in brutal electric fuzz over drowned vocals, seeming less musical accompaniment than an obliteration of the possibility of diegetic sound. Two characters - Bailey Musiol and David Short, an alcoholic and an opioid addict - flail in the overwhelming metabolic urgency of t