The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Take a dive into the surreal with I’m Thinking of Ending Things, a psychological thriller written and directed by Academy Award-winner Charlie Kaufman.

Based on the novel of the same name by Iain Reid, the movie follows a young woman who takes a road trip with her boyfriend Jake to his family farm. With their relationship already on thin ice, things take a turn for the dramatic when a storm leaves them snowed in with Jake’s parents at the farm. Trapped in an unfamiliar, uncomfortable environment, the woman begins to ponder and reflect on her relationship, herself, and her life.

With powerful performances from Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is another thought-provoking, heartache-inducing story from the mind behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.


“Charlie Kaufman writes movies about getting lost in people’s heads. His adaptation of Canadian author Iain Reid’s surrealist novel about about a woman going on a road trip to meet her boyfriend’s parents might be the purest expression of that. — Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW Toronto

“It’s a masterwork of unhinged tone, as well as a showcase for Buckley, whose grand performance covers an expansive stretch of emotional terrain.”  — Nick Schager, The Los Angeles Times

“In short, [Kaufman’s] back, and his film leaves your head spinning.” — Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph (UK)