After watching ‘Horse Girl’, there is no doubt that you will be filled with so many questions. What happened? What did it all mean? What did I get out of it? Then, you end up going on Youtube to find some analysis’s to see if anything made sense. It is clear that this is one of those independent features that makes you think in frustration, all while admiring its technique and an unhinged performance by Alison Brie.
Brie is a fine actress, no doubt, and has her work cut out for her in the Netflix department with shows like ‘GLOW’, or ‘BoJack Horseman’ (which she just finished). Yet, she is also making it big in the Indie scene. Here, she collaborates once again with writer/director Jeff Baena (‘The Little Hours’) to give us a strange insight of a young woman on the verge of a deteriorating mental state as strange things start happening.
Sarah (Brie) is your seemingly average woman; she works at an arts-and-crafts store where she discusses topics with her co-worker, Joan (Molly Shannon), attends Zumba classes, visits the horse she used to own at a ranch, and watches episodes of a supernatural crime drama called ‘Purgatory’. Yet, what she is lacking is a social life, as her roommate (Debby Ryan) tries to set her up with her boyfriend’s friend named Darren (John Reynolds). At the start, you would think that this was nothing too special, but hang on tight, strange things are afoot.
As ‘Horse Girl’ goes on, we get a glimpse of the unusual events that plague Sarah; she gets constant nosebleeds, has dreams of alien abductions, and believes that she is a clone of her late grandmother, whom she shares a striking resemblance with. I feel that I should stop there, because I do not want to tread into spoiler territory for those curious enough to give this film a try, yet all I can say is that your mind will not be the same after watching this incoherent mess of a film. Take with it what you will, but with caution.