Very disturbing film. This is the story about a woman who kidnaps a little boy (whom she calls "Johnny") and her intimate relationship with him. The story is told in such a way where the audience almost feels complicit in her madness. We are tricked into believing their relationship is about love and nurturing and protection from danger. It is not. The audience does not learn about then boy's true identity until well into the film, after trying to figure out all of the period shifts and non-linear story changes. The movie starts off with the main character, Sarah, having a grand time with a little boy, who appears to be her son. They are shown laughing and playing and she is the "ever-doting" mother. You get the sense every time she calls him "Johnny" that something isn't right, but the film maker leaves you hanging by changing to different days frequently. On and on, scene after scene, we see these two as happy as can be. Then Sarah meets a stranger on a deserted road who asks her point blank what she's doing there with a baby. He knows she's hiding something, but apparently because he's atoning for his own sins of the past, chooses to ignore what is clearly criminal behavior (kidnapping) and decides to help her evade the authorities by giving her his vehicle.
The story just keeps chugging along slowly, and the viewer's support for the main character turns sour. I felt betrayed as a viewer. I invested my time and energy into this story line only to find the woman who is gleefully caring for this cute, baby boy is a deranged kidnapper. Sarah is beautiful, immaculately dressed, and stunning, so it was a visual juxtaposition from one who could be perceived as a baby-snatcher. The "bond" between Johnny and Sarah came off too cozy. Little children at that age are very distrustful of strangers. Johnny acted way too trustful with Sarah, which is why I thought she was his mother until mid-film. What a let-down.
The film maker (I read his own review of the film above. He gave himself 5 stars.) almost glamorizes kidnapping. The actress was superb, the little boy is cute as a button, and the visual aspect of this movie stunning. The constant shifting from day to day was difficult to follow. I hated the story. Sorry.