The Unity of All Things

A peculiar blend of science fiction, deadpan satire, and queer psychodrama, this experimental feature centers on several Asian women working at a top-secret particle accelerator beneath the U.S.-Mexican border. The discussions of theoretical physics serve mainly as a backdrop for ruminations on impossible longing, as the characters begin to experience unhealthy desires for each other; in the most extreme case, one woman’s visiting teenage sons consider an incestuous romance with each other. The postsync sound rarely lines up exactly with the images, which were shot on 16-millimeter and Super-8, giving the impression that this was constructed from found footage and making the oblique narrative seem especially alien. Daniel Schmidt (Palaces of Pity) and Alexander Carver wrote, directed, and edited. In English and subtitled Cantonese, Japanese, and Spanish.