‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ Author on the Liberties of Charlie Kaufman’s Wild Adaptation — Spoilers

‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ Author on the Liberties of Charlie Kaufman’s Wild Adaptation — Spoilers
While this story contains big spoilers for Charlie Kaufman’s movie “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” it might not matter. It’s a tough movie to spell out, as it’s mostly internal and unfolds inside the characters’ heads, even as their environments grow to be an extension of them. Iain Reid’s page-turning novel from 2016, which provides the template for Kaufman’s film, is equally elliptical, and shimmies between many genres at once, including philosophical horror and existential absurdity.

While Kaufman’s novel deviates widely from Reid’s novel, the basic premise remains the same: A woman named Lucy (or is it Lucia? Louisa?), played by Jessie Buckley, is on a road trip with her new boyfriend Jake (Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis), whose isolated farmhouse is at the other end of a hastening blizzard. At the farmhouse, Buckley’s character’s grasp
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