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The Transfiguration (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 21 April 2017 (UK)
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When troubled teen Milo, who has a fascination with vampire lore, meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to blur Milo's fantasy into reality.

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Michael O'Shea

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Ruffin ... Milo
Karin Cherches Karin Cherches ... School Psychologist
Luis Scott Luis Scott ... Corey
Dangelo Bonneli Dangelo Bonneli ... Kevin (as D'Angelo Bonneli)
Aaron Moten ... Lewis (as Aaron Clifton Moten)
Carter Redwood ... Andre
JaQwan J. Kelly ... Troy (as JaQwan Kelly)
Tarikk Mudu Tarikk Mudu ... Malik
Chloe Levine ... Sophie
Samuel H. Levine ... Teen Five (as Sam Levine)
Lloyd Kaufman ... Hobo
Danny Flaherty ... Mike
Charlotte Schweiger ... Mike's Girlfriend
Frank L. Messina ... Cop One (as Frank Messina)
Tyler Rossell Tyler Rossell ... Asher
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The outcast orphan Milo is a lonely teenager that lives with his brother in a dangerous neighborhood. Milo is fan of vampire stories and movies and he randomly kills people to drink their blood like a vampire and steal their money. When he meets the depressed teenager Sophie, they become friends and spend their leisure time together affecting Milo. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Language:

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Release Date:

21 April 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Transfiguração See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,605, 7 April 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,464, 14 July 2017
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2.39:1
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Michael O'shea applied to Cannes 2016 on a whim. Now The Transfiguration is an official selection. See more »

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References Shadow of the Vampire (2000) See more »

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This movie leaves the viewers as confused and lost as both main protagonists are with respect to the world around them. Keeps your interest nevertheless and is not boring
6 July 2017 | by JvH48See all my reviews

Seen at he IMAGINE film festival 2017 in Amsterdam. The story flows all the time and keeps your interest, but overall the dramatic developments are minimal, and the atmosphere embedding the two main topics, violence and social commentary, does not provide for anything new that we haven't seen already in many other movies.

The only novel element is that Milo is a vampire, this time not someone who has to avoid daylight, and he also does not sleep in a coffin. Milo lives a more or less normal life with his older brother, who has apparently nothing more to do than watching TV all day long. Milo marks days on a calendar that he has to go "hunting". We saw a handwritten book with rules of engagement, e.g. that the victim must come instead of chasing him, but that was only a small fragment of a heavy stack of paper. We also see him several times bite randomly chosen victims, after which he is always somewhat nauseas, seemingly inherent in the process. How he became a vampire, is left in the dark (no pun intended), and what we see of his brother does suggest that is not something that runs in the family.

We see less of Sophie, not even her house from the inside, when she e.g. lets Milo wait for her door when she has to pick up something, very different from her having access to Milo's house and even stays in his room for a few days. Not clear what it all means, if anything. Both walk outside the house like a couple, e.g. holding hands, but there is no sex involved as far as we see, despite of sleeping in the same bed and kissing each other frequently.

All in all, if it really was the intention of the film makers to leave us confused, just as confused as both main protagonists are with respect to the world around them, this movie is a success however without a silver lining. It does not make us any wiser through the added elements of social commentary nor does it about violence or NYC's atmosphere, being important topics as suggested by the movie's website but I missed all of it.


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