Many of Chariot’s plot points could easily be cleared up if any of the characters had a smartphone, but Sigal commits an unforced error by deciding late in the film that Harrison actually has one but evidently hasn’t been using it. Evidently keeping count of the number of times he’s had the same dream made him forget how to use a ubiquitous communications device for anything other than receiving calls.


Ultimately, Chariot certainly doesn’t lack ambition, just execution. From the cast to its odd, intriguing locations, Sigal was successful in assembling many of the right ingredients. Unfortunately, they lack a chef who knows how to properly combine them, whether that’s to create a meaningful sense of cohesion or to truly create the kind of beautiful chaos that makes Lynch such a mesmerizing source of inspiration.