Like Me. 2017. USA. Written and directed by Robert Mockler. With Addison Timlin, Larry Fessenden, Ian Nelson. DCP. Courtesy Kino Lorber. 80 min.
Robert Mockler’s debut film imagines a new breed of social media influencer, Kiya (an excellent Addison Timlin), who goes on an increasingly lurid and unhinged crime spree in a desperate bid for Internet fame. Like a clever riff on Katherine Bigelow’s Strange Days, about the vicarious mediated pleasures of watching other people suffer, Mockler’s Like Me revels in hallucinatory imagery and sound that leaves his characters (and us) unmoored from reality and thrust into a state of atavistic loneliness and dread.