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A Dark Song (2016)

Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 28 April 2017 (USA)
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A determined young woman and a damaged occultist risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that will grant them what they want.

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Liam Gavin

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Liam Gavin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Oram ... Joseph Solomon
Catherine Walker ... Sophia
Susan Loughnane Susan Loughnane ... Victoria
Mark Huberman ... Neil Hughes
Nathan Vos Nathan Vos ... Jack
Martina Nunvarova Martina Nunvarova ... Guardian Angel
Breffni O'Connor Breffni O'Connor ... Emaciated Man
Sheila Moloney Sheila Moloney ... Old Woman Demon
Ruby Kearns Ruby Kearns ... Demon
John Carton John Carton ... Demon
Aaron O'Neill Aaron O'Neill ... Demon
Ann Mulvany Ann Mulvany ... Demon
Daniel McConnell Daniel McConnell ... Demon
Jim Dolan Jim Dolan ... Demon
John Cantillion John Cantillion ... Demon
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Storyline

Sophia Howard rents a house in the countryside of Wales and hires the occultist Joseph Solomon to contact her son that was kidnapped and murdered by teenagers practicing black magic. Along the days, Sophia follows the guidance of Solomon in rituals to purify her soul. However Sophia has a hidden agenda that jeopardizes their lives. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Not everything can be forgiven


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Country:

Ireland | UK

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English | French | German

Release Date:

28 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mračna pjesma See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland

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$23,742
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The ritual performed in the movie is the Abramelin Operation, an occult rite attempted by gnostics such as Alleister Crowley. The ritual is meant to obtain "the knowledge and conversation" of the ritualist's guardian angel. See more »

Goofs

The "blood" Sophia drinks the first time doesn't leave a residue on the glass, as real blood would. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Solomon: You've been looking shit up on the Internet. No, this is Gnosticism.
Sophia Howard: I was told it was based on the Kabbalah.
Joseph Solomon: It's there as grammar. A structure. The Kabbalah is an exploration of god. We're doing something much darker...
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Intriguing slow-burn film, didn't love the ending
4 May 2017 | by medelsteSee all my reviews

As other reviewers have noted, if you're looking for an "Insanitarium"-style splatter-fest then this film is not for you. The first hour of "Dark Song" is a mysterious, deliberately-paced psychological thriller with two interesting characters stuck together in a house for months, feeling each other out. An occultist (Joseph) is trying to help a woman (Sophia) contact her dead son. This requires dark rituals, fasting episodes, and sleep deprivation. Their motivations and honesty are both in question, leading to plenty of dramatic tension. What's real, in terms of both past and present? Who's lying to whom? The film takes its time exploring these questions, and for the first hour at least, the viewer's patience is well-rewarded. I especially liked Steve Oram's occultist character, who doesn't fit the classic mold of "actor" or "hero" one bit, and is all the more fascinating for it. I won't go into deeper detail for spoiler reasons, but suffice to say that both characters fall into the logical traps of mistrust, manipulation, and frustration after being cooped up for so long.

My problem with "Dark Song" was its ending. It made sense from a dramatic standpoint, and of course there were several directions it could have taken. The fact that I wasn't satisfied doesn't mean you won't be. But along the way I had some really freaky ideas that I hoped would be explored, and they weren't.

In any case, I still recommend "Dark Song" as a mature, well-made, and disturbing psychological thriller.


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