Robert (Ezra Miller), the central character of writer-director Antonio Campos’ feature debut, Afterschool
, is an alienated sophomore at a posh New York-area boarding school. "I think I might be a bad person," he tells his mother on the phone. A few days later, while working on an extracurricular video project, he witnesses and records a tragic incident in a school hallway, and his response brings up further questions about his character and his relationship to the often-disturbing images that constantly bombard him.
Campos’ film has polarized audiences on the festival circuit, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a challenging film, both formally and thematica...