This movie, layered and memorable, played the Directors Fortnight portion of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival before making the festival circuit that year and into 2018. Though its obscurity is unfortunate, meaning that Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts won’t appear on very many year-end Best Films lists, it is nevertheless deserving of more as one of the outstanding cinema accomplishments of the previous several years.
Fact of the matter is that Vice really is a clever movie filled with great performances and memorable moments. But it’s really hard to concentrate on those finer qualities when the movie has its busy hands in one’s pants. Indeed, Vice is just so eager to please the hungry legions of leftist cinephiles and critics that it forgets to ever take its head out of its own underside long enough to engage in any real introspection.