A psychological-thriller in the haunting tradition of films like Taxi Driver and Monster, The Grief Tourist takes us into the chilling labyrinth of a man's dark hobby and his even darker ...
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A psychological-thriller in the haunting tradition of films like Taxi Driver and Monster, The Grief Tourist takes us into the chilling labyrinth of a man's dark hobby and his even darker mind. JIM TAHANA doesn't leave much of an impression when he passes you by. But look closer and you'll sense his hunger - the deep hunger of an insatiable American soul - always scanning to devour something - anything that might fill the searing, unexplained void within him. Jim obsesses over the hobby that has been part of his DNA since he was a young boy: grief tourism - the act of traveling with the intent to visit places of tragedy or disaster. Every year his week-long vacations from work are spent going to grief tourist locations in the lives of different serial killers he is fascinated with. This years obsession is Carl Marznap, a mass murderer from New Orleans, Louisiana. But this trip is no ordinary vacation as Jim's rancid sexual impulses and weakening grip on reality deteriorate into a ... Written by
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This review was written by Amanda Baverstock, a UK resident who saw the film in London during Fright Fest. A spot on review! With her permission, I am posting here.
"Dark Tourist is a dark slice of cinema. No doubt about it. It makes for truly uncomfortable watching but please, do not let that put you off because if it does then you will certainly be missing out on an emotionally cerebral and breathtaking performance from Michael Cudlitz. Here he portrays a man quietly being torn apart by deep-seated inner demons like no other actor can.
Cudlitz is in pretty much every scene, something I hadn't even noticed until a friend pointed it out to me afterwords. Now that takes some doing! To own the film so effortlessly that you don't realize just how few actors were actually involved in this project. Cudlitz's performance is never contrived. 'Dark Tourist' puts to good use his voice in a superbly sentient narrative thread that runs throughout the film. It draws you in, closer and closer towards to the inner turmoil that is Jim Tahna.
Michael has an acting style that utilizes subtle nuance and body movement so naturally it's a joy to watch and both build towards a perfect picture of a tightly wound man who's hurting beyond measure.
Whilst Cudlitz is definitely the lynchpin of the film, Melanie Griffiths brings her unique brand of vulnerability to a role so sympathetically portrayed that the whole cinema actually gasped in despair during one pivotal scene. I won't elaborate. You'll know which one when you watch! And Pruitt Taylor Vince always has immense presence and in this film he adds a hugely important layer to the plot.
"Dark Tourist' is not pleasant viewing in any shape or form.
This film will certainly leave you thinking 'What if'. What if the characters involved simply had someone who listened to them at a time when they needed it most? It will certainly make you uncomfortable because it reflects the general murky malaise society has towards understanding and treating people with mental health issues and it leaves you questioning what would happen if more people had the help they needed, when they needed it most.
So yes. I thoroughly recommend 'Dark Tourist'. It's a film for people desperately fed up with formulaic cinema, filmmaking that is afraid to challenge and it flips the bird at writers and producers content in churning out bland cookie cutter films."
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