"A young couple lives in a dilapidated house in the Californian desert, they read, they play the cello... but above all they wander in. In any case, their actions are completely secondary in the film." Footnotes is about the presence of a place, the house and the desert that surrounds it, and the possibilities it opens up. The narrative and the relationships are only insinuated and apparently swallowed by the environment. The place has a subtle mystery, but the potential terror or danger that it could evoke is minimised by a component of joy and play also present." Patrick Friel, Senses of Cinema.
–Patrick Friel, Senses of Cinema