In the film Don't Worry Darling, at about 57:10, there's a scene where Alice goes underwater in her tub, just after a conversation with Harry about having a baby.

In that scene, there are several mirrors present and when Alice goes underwater -- the reflection in a single mirror isn't in sync with "reality". In that one reflection, Alice keeps her head above the water and just looks at the camera.

Was this scene meant to be presented as a simulation glitch? Or is it part of an unexplored \ edited-out sub-plot?

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  • Please write a proper title instead of some jumbled keywords.
    – BCdotWEB
    Nov 20, 2022 at 7:17
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    @BCdotWEB "simulation mirror glitch or an unexplored sub-plot?" are a list of jumbled words?
    – golosovsky
    Nov 20, 2022 at 10:14
  • It might help to write down what you think of when you say 'simulation glitch'. First thing I think about is The Matrix (the déjà vu, specifically), but you might mean it's a VFX error (but then why would someone "present" it?). And why would it be an unexplored sub-plot? Even if it is indicative of obscure(d) symbolism, there is no reason to assume there is a plot connected to it, right?
    – Joachim
    Nov 21, 2022 at 19:33
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    @Joachim No, I mean it just as I wrote it -- a simulation glitch -- due to the fact that the scene I'm talking about (just like 90% of the movie) takes place in a simulation.
    – golosovsky
    Nov 22, 2022 at 13:58

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This was written before it was quite clear how the plot worked…
As all the mirrors in the room [square & round] are very carefully placed to always show us multiple reflections of Alice without needing to either CGI out the camera or CGI in another image, then it makes that shot the only CGI shot in the entire scene.

I'd call that pretty intentional.
[I've only watched that one scene, from the point she starts running the bath, so I don't know how it may relate to the plot].

Late Edit:
Now I've actually watched the whole thing, I think it's both a simulation glitch… and an unexplored sub-plot. It appears to have no connection with any other 'flashback' or 'dream' sequence in the movie. It is one of many increasing instances of 'mental cutaway' we're shown as we're led closer to the reveal, but it seems unlike any of the others.
I would be tempted to call it 'bloody-minded non-revelation', as right the way through there is obviously something 'wrong' with the idyll, yet the 'clues' we are given almost never point towards the actual reveal [which I will not reveal, in case others might like to watch it].
This particular glitch appears to have absolutely no relevance to anything else in the plot.

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    although... that doesn't really answer the question: What's that scene for?
    – Luciano
    Nov 28, 2022 at 14:33
  • @Luciano - I haven't watched, as already mentioned. At the time of writing it hadn't been made clear that the 'glitch' could have been a part of the plot itself.
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 28, 2022 at 15:36
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    @Luciano - now i've actually seen it, I've edited the answer.
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 30, 2022 at 11:11

There are multiple scenes where Alice is interacting with glass and the physics is out of whack. It's a theme. Maybe they just spliced two scenes together. The reflection is looking directly at the camera. The film has a meticulous visual design. No it's not a glitch in the movie editing or CGI, it's a glitch in reality, which up to this point is a significant theme of the movie. It adds to the unease that things are just not quite right.

  • yeah, by "simulation" I meant the simulation that (most of) the film takes place at. My question was - is that a glitch in that simulated world? (not in the editing software used during the film's production, I don't think it's reasonable to assume it)
    – golosovsky
    Aug 27 at 10:31
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    There's a few examples of glitches in the simulation, like when Alice is cleaning the glass and is almost pushed through (the looking glass?). Or the flashes of vision where she sees the synchronised dancers, or in the ballet room, where she sees Margaret behind the cracked glass. But this is different. Is Alice in the bath, or is she in the mirror watching her simulation in the bath? Or has she broken the fourth wall while gazing at the filmmakers who are simulating both Alices? Its an interesting question.
    – intotecho
    Aug 28 at 11:49

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