Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.
A video artist looking for work drives to a remote house in the forest to meet a man claiming to be a serial killer. But after agreeing to spend the day with him, she soon realizes that she made a deadly mistake.
In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor shatters the idyll of Francisca's family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca's loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a dark form.Written by
Ulf Kjell Gür
The music that Francisca and her father dance to is "Naufrágio" in the voice of Amália Rodrigues. This type of Portuguese traditional music is called "fado", which translates to "sad destiny", and it's commonly used to express the feeling of losing someone dear. See more »
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I've seen hardly nothing about this film, all I can say is this is a hidden gem for us horror fans. This is the directorial debut of Nicolas Pesce, who currently is working on the reboot of my favourite J-Horror film Ju-on entitled "Grudge". This films stars a cast of unknowns who have done mainly shorts or a variety of small parts in various TV and film, but in this case it pays off. Diana Agostini, Kika Magalhães really shine in this psychological horror film that is a plethora of gothic horror. The film is originally shot in black and white which truly adds to the unsettling nature of what takes place during the entire 76 minute duration. If Norman Rockwell and Edward Gein had a child, it would be THIS film. This is truly Americana in its darkest form.
The film starts off with the Diana Agostini and Olivia Bond (who plays a younger Francisca) as her mom was teaching her how to surgically remove eyeballs from the cows, which is quite a disturbing start but it leads the audience into the person she is to become in her later years. Francisca lived isolated on a farmhouse with just her mother and father, cut off from society alot like Gein was when he was growing up. She and her mother were quite close, this closeness effects her as you will see, especially in later scenes. Their close knit bond suddenly comes to a end at the hands of a stranger, allow me to say that this scene is particularly disturbing and resonates with both the audience as well with young Francisca. This act of violence leads the young girl unbeknowningly down a dark path, as she learns about life, love, and death in her own dark way.
Years later and now a mature and beautiful woman played by Kika Magalhães, she tries to coexist with society with some horrifying results. The violence in this film is shielded by the lack of colour of the film but that in no way shields the viewer from the horrors and brutality that take place on screen. There is lots of on screen violence and some disturbing imagery that follows all the way until the abrupt and shocking ending.
This film shows the death of innocence and the birth of a monster as it unfolds before your very eyes.
This is not your typical horror genre piece this is definately a indie film that will stick with you long after the credits roll.
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