India, Sept. 5 -- Charlie Kaufman's ominously named new film, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, with its lower-case title design, is cinema in all-caps. And perhaps the best breakup movie since Ari Aster's Midsommar.

After a career spent trying to piece together the broken fragments of the fragile male psyche, Kaufman, in his new film, introduces - for the first time - a female protagonist. But she might not be real. It's complicated.

Played by Jessie Buckley, the character - like most Kaufman characters - is essentially an extension of the filmmaker himself. And as terrific as Buckley is as The Young Woman, a part of me would like to believe that she was cast simply so that Kaufman could add another layer of surrealism to his story. Buckl...