'God Knows Where I Am'
(Lori Singer, Kevin Carbone, Matthew Nelson, Wayne DiGeronimo, et al / DVD / NR / (2016) 2018 / MVD Visual)
Overview: A woman's body was found in an abandoned farmhouse, along with a diary that documents her mental collapse and death.
DVD Verdict: Simply put, this is the story of a mother who became mentally ill. She could not accept it, and would not take the medication which helped.
She began acting on her delusions, and abandoned her daughter. Her illness led to homelessness, incarceration and institutionalization. A judge thought she was fine, because she was coherent for a few minutes in court.
But when she was finally released, she was allowed by state law to simply walk out the door with no money, or place to go. She broke into an empty farmhouse where she subsisted on apples for 3 months, writing an extensive journal.
The apples ran out and she died several weeks later.
The filmmaker's use of conventional documentary tropes such as reenactments, voice overs, interviews, and such work well here in this documentary with every shot stunningly interwoven with the next.
The overall cinematography is both astoundingly perceptive and highly creative at times and adds to the general feel of someone lost perfectly.
The reenactments, which are shot in the actual house, compile shots that linger over beautifully lit and composed scenes. Never feeling slow, the voice actress (Lori Singer) that plays the lady in question never changes her vocal mask either.
Also, the underlying music is subtle, but creepy and melancholy at times when it's called for and so adds a dread sense of hung atmosphere to the proceedings.
'God Knows Where I Am' is a fascinating look into the mind of a psychotic person. Haunting. Enlightening. Unforgettable. It will stay with you a long, long time after the credits have rolled, of that please be well aware. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.