A babysitter with a clever and violent ward. A patient who mistrusts the doctor's orders. A young woman haunted by a malevolent presence. And the terror that ties them all together: BUGS. ...
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A babysitter with a clever and violent ward. A patient who mistrusts the doctor's orders. A young woman haunted by a malevolent presence. And the terror that ties them all together: BUGS. On their own, spiders, parasites, and bedbugs hold their own private horror for those who are beset by the quiet scuttles and slurps of inhuman creatures. But for Diane, Hannah, and Elena, three varied yet eerily similar women, these bugs represent the larger horrors of paranoia, helplessness, and abandonment. The Bugs Trilogy explores the inequality of the watcher and ward, relationships between mothers and their children, and the measures we are willing to take to protect ourselves from dangers we do not want to comprehend.Written by
There should be a warning posted for the sake of the unsuspecting hypochondriac, whom otherwise will be subjected to watching his or her worst fears play out in Bugs: A Trilogy (knowing there are mites in my eyelashes, for example, really messes with my psychological well-being). But in these stories from Alexandra Grunberg delivered to the screen by director Simone Kisiel, the parasites we encounter aren't all of the insect world.
Throughout these tales, our wellness is under various forms of assault - either through invasion of the body or of the mind - and the shared result is the introduction of in-your-head terror. It's this clever connective tissue which binds these three otherwise disparate episodes together.
It's safe to say that Bugs: A Trilogy finds its own unique space in the psychological thriller category. It uses a shrewdly-leveraged storytelling idea, and over the course of each tale, employs cohesive acting and disturbing soundscapes to ratchet up the queasiness and unrest. Well-conceived and ultimately well-done.
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