Frederick had been hanging out with Sebastian and Andre (Emory Cohen and Keir Gilchrist, respectively) to move into the presence of the intriguing Cindy, a dynamic that sees the group trying out a new drug called Mercury, then trying to score a non-distilled and pure version of the same substance. Frederick tries to reunite with the same buddies as an adult, both of whom have never seen Cindy again after a night of what appears to be a horrible drug trip in brief jolts and glances. Naturally, they fight back against Frederick’s questions about what might have happened to her and where she’s ended up in life, but they also converse in hushed tones.
Nonetheless, just as one is about to tap out of Flashback, the drug’s effects are revealed, and the narrative spirals into hallucinogenic craziness, focusing on themes of familial healing, unfulfilling job, and relationships, all portrayed via the lens of time. For the time being, an appraisal of the story should stop there, although those who want to see something truly weird will either love or despise something so perplexing as to contain embarrassing philosophical ideas. But there’s at least some unique shot composition (as well as some visual effects that, though quirky and interesting, may start to give you a headache if the scenes went on for too long).