Filmmaker Alice Winocour’s Disorder focuses on a war vet with PTSD hired to guard a corrupt businessman’s wife. The thriller focuses on the vet’s mindset and downward spiral as paranoia sets in.
“My essential concern was to capture this climate of fear and disarray in a world that is becoming more and more incomprehensible,” Winocour tells Film Comment. “I put all my fears in the film, my fear of the dark, of storms, etc., but also all the fears of contemporary life: the continuous flow of information, the fact that we have the impression of witnessing everything but at the same time of being completely powerless. Also a sort of sensation of collapse, of chaotic elements in chaotic times. Fear is central to the film, and I wanted the spectator to start telling himself stories like Vincent does. Because, for me, doubt is the principal ingredient of the paranoid thriller, and so I tried to put doubt into everything so that we never knew if we really hear what we hear or really see what we see. I wanted us to really feel the fragility of perceptions, and I think that gives the film a very carnal and physical quality. That’s why the soundtrack and the mixing process were very important to me, to capture the breathing and all those small sounds that put us under the skin of the character.”
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