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Bottom of the World

Bottom of the World

Reality is not what it seems.Mar. 31, 2017 USA85 Min.
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8.4 1,472 votes

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Jena Malone isScarlett
Ted Levine isThe Preacher
The Preacher
Kelly Pendygraft isCafe Waitress
Cafe Waitress
Mark Sivertsen isState Trooper
State Trooper


A mysterious disappearance of a young woman leads her boyfriend on a journey for truth and perhaps his own unknown reality in this dark, hypnotic mystery that transcends the limitations of traditional narrative.

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Original titleBottom of the World
IMDb Rating5.5 1,829 votes
TMDb Rating6.6 10 votes

(19) comments

  • Harrison TweedFebruary 15, 2017Reply

    Bottom of the IMDb ratings

    So here we have of what I think was an attempt to make a cult type

    But what we end up with after watching only 40 mins of Bottom Of The
    World is the bottom of the IMDb ratings for another mess.

    There may have been some potential here, but the girl was just annoying
    as the flashbacks that didn’t make any sense.

    Then this shady character who needs a new ski mask and some vocal
    coaching shows up and then it went even more downhill from there.

    I’m guessing this was a religious type film from the constant church
    crosses and preacher on the TV all the time (I was begging for the
    actors to change the channel he was so annoying, but no success).

    Seriously, don’t waste your time… I couldn’t get past the desert
    scene (approx 30-40 mins in?) before I said ”enough of this garbage”.

  • jtindahouseFebruary 18, 2017Reply

    Not for everyone, but I enjoyed it

    I kind of liked ‘Bottom of the World’. I make no bones about the fact
    I’m a fan of the ‘mystery’ genre, and this film certainly had an
    element of mystery to it. It’s a film where the audience knows as
    little about what’s going on as the characters (if not even less at
    times), yet there are constant hints as to the direction our thinking
    should be going in. Then a nice little ending was the icing on the

    The whole ”nothing makes sense, what is going on?” thing has been done
    in movies thousands of times over the years, but it always seems to
    work. I think in a way, much like a magic show, the audience wants to
    be fooled, or at least in a state of curiosity. It can also be quite
    easy for film makers to pull off, because the usual linear film making
    techniques obviously go out the window, and thus it can be harder for
    an audience to judge what is actually good and what is not.

    Some people on the other hand will always hate this type of film and
    that’s fine. I see ‘Bottom of the World’ being a very polarising film.
    Some will have a great time with it, while others will utterly despise
    it. I was in the former camp.

  • Lord SubroFebruary 23, 2017Reply


    Mystified? Here’s my interpretation — A hypnotic meditation on the
    mysterious nature of the subconscious and its power. It is abstract and
    psychological at its core. The logic is skewed to be dreamlike and
    surreal, making more sense on a second viewing where I picked up on
    more visual clues and devices. I’d be curious how others interpreted
    it? Some posts I’ve seen think Alex exists, some don’t. Any
    psychologists out there? Oh, and Jena Malone is really good as she
    delivers a sweet and devastating performance all at once. Where has she

    If you like tidy resolutions and optimistic fade-outs this film is
    probably not for you!

  • xposipxMarch 12, 2017Reply

    Try Hard

    By chance, I watched this the same day I saw Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson.
    Both are similar, but both fail for completely different reasons.

    Bottom of the World does not know what it wants to be. It tells a non-
    linear story that gives itself away about 40 minutes into the film.
    After that, it follows a predictable path of key symbols to clue the
    viewer in to what is actually happening. It should have gone a
    completely different route and stuck with the bizarre, weird, sleazy
    feel it had at the beginning. It turns into a very underwhelming second
    half as it drifts away and fades into the same trap many other similar
    movies fall into. It tries too hard to pull a complicated story
    together in a very silly way.

    The pace and acting are appropriate and the director does a good job
    with atmosphere and mood, but it falls flat overall.

  • Attila Fleshgrinder SoosMarch 13, 2017Reply

    Mindblowing, for some maybe hard to understand

    This is a really Mindblowing Title, one of the best movies form the
    past years.

    Its just that some People may not Understand it.

    The Ending will make you go like ‘oooh what!!!’ , as you will
    (hopefully) Understand the beginning and everything. The Plot may seem
    confusing, but its very well thought through:

    The girl may be an annoying Character, but it fits her role and the
    Male Main actor does a really good job.

    If you stop watching it after 30-40 mins, you will not understand
    anything of this Master piece.

    Camera 9/10 Plot 10/10 Acting 8/10

    If you like Movies where you stay confused, and the End just right
    Throws you an oh my god into your face, this is your Movie to watch.

    If you struggle to make connections and think films through, maybe you
    should watch it with more people, or not at all.

  • jenniferevangelistaMarch 18, 2017Reply

    The weight of guilt cannot be underestimated

    A complex puzzle about karma coming back and striking an individual
    after committing a sin. Redemption is never easy. My theory is that
    Scarlet imagines a world in which her victim survived while she’s stuck
    in purgatory. I enjoyed the clues that are given along the way that
    hint at a non- reality. Watch closely or go back to see. This is
    ultimately Scarlet’s manifestation brought upon by guilt/redemption. A
    different take on Heaven and Hell. This should be a MUST VIEW for
    anyone studying theology/religion.

  • bruceluperMarch 31, 2017Reply

    Strangely interesting —

    Easily one of the strangest and most confusing films I’ve ever seen,
    Bottom of the World. is also a captivating and intriguing film. Most
    people will probably hate it, but for some reason I was fascinated by
    it…some scenes are very suspenseful and creepy, others are
    wonderfully strange and surreal. Also seems to be a religious angle to
    the film as it deals with sin guilt, redemption and purgatory. Far out.

  • The CouchpotatoesApril 1, 2017Reply

    Doesn’t make any sense

    Like another reviewer said it’s not for everyone. He couldn’t be more
    right. It’s not for everyone, especially not for me. I love mysteries
    that you have to try to solve before the end of the movie. But here it
    isn’t a mystery. Or maybe it is but I honestly couldn’t be bothered
    knowing what it is. The beginning is promising but then it’s all going
    downhill. The story doesn’t make much sense, and maybe for somebody
    that like to think a lot when he’s watching a movie it does make sense.
    I’m not one of those. I like stories with a beginning, a middle and an
    end, easy stories to follow. Movies like this one are just a waste of
    time and money to me. The actors are not bad, the story is though.
    There is not much more to say about Bottom Of The World.

  • David MaxxApril 1, 2017Reply

    Strange, non-linear, psychological thriller

    Bottom of the World is an strange, spellbinding film, because it is one
    of those rare films that doesn’t contain a blatant plot; there’s
    multiple unexpected plot twists and shifts where you are held strictly
    responsible for paying very close attention and attempt devise an idea
    of what’s actually happening throughout the film. Jena Malone is great
    at portraying a woman’s spiral into mental anguish brought on by guilt
    from an act of terrible violence. The underlying religious themes run
    strong. That’s just my theory.

  • Justin BaleApril 3, 2017Reply

    Requires some work to figure it all out but worth it…

    This movie is artistic, confusing, and trippy. If you like
    strange/complex it is a most creative film. It might be confusing at
    some parts but that just made it better. Movies today don’t put
    responsibility on the viewer to figure out what is going on and this
    film does that. Not only that but the Scarlett character is amazing and
    devastating all at once. Acting is done very well, Jena Malone was
    great in her role of Scarlet and Ted Levine did a decent job with his
    character too. Direction is top notch and I will definitely check other
    movies done by this director. Overall this movie was a joy ride for me
    and I give it a well deserved 8 star rating.

  • janicethompson-37964April 27, 2017Reply

    My theory —-

    Here’s what I took: The anecdote of her cousin Wayne that she tells in
    the beginning is true. At first I wrote the story off as a simple and
    needless tale based used for shock value (poor writing), but it’s so
    over the top and grotesque that as a viewer, it’s so ridiculous that
    you don’t want to believe it, or even regard it as a necessary bit of
    information because she tells it as a fake story to make Alex squirm.
    So you forget about it, because at this point, Scarlett is depicted as
    facetious and maybe a bit unstable. Jumping to the end, you find out
    that she really committed the heinous acts that she describes in the
    beginning. Alex is a part of her subconscious, the fact that he has
    developed sentience within her own delusion is a deeper part of her
    subconscious that is condemning her as she is unable to process her own
    guilt (EG her heavy alcoholism). It’s a very interesting way to tell a
    story, as she takes the backseat in the focal point of the story that
    is 100% in her own head. Now whether she is ”delusional”, or there are
    actual spiritual forces at work within the two realms of Alex’s initial
    reality, and the second one where he is her neighbor is sort of up to
    interpretation. Notice the scene where Paige, (Alex’s wife) is counting
    peas in the kitchen, and it immediately swaps to her holding a glass of
    milk, as if it’s a glitch, this is a tell that he is not in the realm
    of true reality when they knew each other, or when they’re neighbors.
    Alex is the embodiment of her guilt and shame and also the judgement of
    maybe a supernatural entity, so he isn’t necessarily a person, more of
    a shifting presence. Alex never existed, she conjured him up.

  • robert_caveApril 29, 2017Reply

    Bottom of the World ….meh

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • TheManInOilApril 29, 2017Reply

    Bad attempt at Lynch tropes by someone who doesn’t understand Lynch

    This is a movie that offers an assortment of David Lynch trademarks, in
    service of a story that’s all surface and has none of the pervasive
    worldview – the perspective – of a David Lynch film. It reads as
    homage, I guess, but aside from the flattery of imitation it has
    nothing to offer.

    Elements of Lost Highway, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart are pretty
    obvious. There’s even a lamp with a red shade.

    I guess if, like the filmmakers, you enjoy Lynch and have no idea why,
    you might like this. But if you like substance with your knockoff
    style, move along.

  • edselgreavesApril 30, 2017Reply

    Incredible movie, instantly one of my favorite films of all time.

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • fitts-stampApril 30, 2017Reply

    Lost in the Neo-Noir challenge of it all –

    Bottom of the World is a wonderful intellectual challenge. I’ve seen it
    some four times now, and am only starting to grasp what’s actually told
    in the movie. It is a non-linear movie, so be prepared. The key to it
    all is the subconscious. Look for the clues and it begins to make
    sense. Look for my full review on my blog.

  • gayleosmanMay 2, 2017Reply

    Fever dreams of guilt and the after life make for a challenging concept

    Anyway, this film was fairly fun if you like to think, figure things
    out. Like watching the ‘best of’ compilation of someone else’s fever
    dreams. Bottom of the World delves under the surface, to the dark
    foundations that we embrace by night and ignore by day. This conceit is
    taken to a psychological level and into the disturbing unconscious mind
    of Scarlett (Jena Malone) and her creation of a new reality. The film
    leaves us with more questions than answers but hats off to trying to
    make something different and challenging to the viewer. I don’t recall
    a film that was entirely a creation of the sub-conscious other than –
    Fight Club?

  • Jeffrey BurtonMay 3, 2017Reply

    Surrealism, Nicely Done.

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • tjsufMay 22, 2017Reply

    Bottom of the World is just alright.

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • charles000May 28, 2017Reply

    Surprising little gem of a film . . .

    I was a little bit skeptical going in, but thought it might be worth a
    watch just to see Jena Malone do her thing here.

    More than a bit surprised, this was a clever puzzle wrapped in an
    enigma that requires more than a bit of attention paid to subtle
    details sprinkled into what seems to be a jagged form of editing, but
    is remarkably well resolved in the end. Jena definitely delivers what
    may be her best character study yet, but that’s not to take away from
    Douglas Smith, who did an equally plausible job portraying a young guy
    caught up in a seemingly impossible situation.

    I simply can’t reveal what that ”seemingly impossible situation”
    actually is, in that would be an obvious spoiler, but to discover just
    how far out that resolution is, you’re just going to have to watch for
    yourself. Trust me on this one, it’s worth the wait to find out.

    Along the way in this uniquely twisted adventure are all sorts of
    quirky characters, which at first glance might seem to be absurdly
    overdone cliché’ character concept representations, until the actual
    context becomes more apparent. Then it all begins to make sense . . .
    sort of . . . until the very end.

    For some, this might take a bit of patience. There are moments which
    seem bizarrely out of context, or just don’t seem to fit into what
    appears to be the story of the moment. But that’s the key here. Time
    can be a fluid medium, depending on where one might happen to be in a
    yet to be fully defined version of reality.

    Having said that, there were some clumsy moments where the editing
    definitely could have fit together better, or scenes that appear to be
    more than a bit rough around the edges, but the given the uniquely
    original story and how it’s told, a certain amount of forgiveness can
    be granted for such imperfections.

    Maybe not the best, but certainly not the worst of such attempts at
    this sort of genre’.

    A solid seven stars for me . . .

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