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Madeline Benson
Emily the Ghost Child


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Through glass darkly...
26 January 2009 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Technically speaking it is a thriller; but in style it is more like a melodramatic horror movie from the 50s. However, while obvious reference is made to clichéd film portrayals and techniques of that genre, the events are framed by a new, psychological dimension. This takes the form of the female protagonist's frequent flashbacks and nightmares containing sinister imagery.

Mood and imagery are this films main interest. Subdued lighting, sombre sets and a total disregard for detail transform the setting into a world far removed from reality. The sombre mood combines with the film's strong obvious symbolic content to make it seem like a transcript of somebody's personal nightmare.

This central theme seems to be the light of consciousness, triumphing over the darkness of unconscious forces. The thing that holds this film together so well is the strong personal feeling of the filmmaker.

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