Bankruptcy forces William Ziel to return to the farm he inherited from his estranged father in an attempt to start a new life with his young, fragmented family. Lazarus, the farm hand who took care of William's father Frederick in his lonely final hours, reappears soon after William, Sarah and adopted daughter Mary, arrive at Hemelop- Aarde. A supposed chance meeting between Mary and Lazarus develops into a bond between two kindred spirits. But Lazarus, the old soul who struggles to find peace in this place of sad memories, carries a dark secret that constantly haunts him: the demon child with its insatiable appetite for human souls that weighs so heavily in the sack he carries everywhere with him. Despite Sarah's misgivings, this unfathomable character wins over William and Mary. At first, Sarah's apprehension seems unfounded but, judging by the reaction of the local community to his return from wanderings afar, she may be right and the Ziels' newfound domesticity could be at risk. A...
The farm is called "Hemel op Aarde", which means "Heaven on Earth" in Afrikaans. See more »
An original foreign horror film
I really enjoyed this film. The production value and cinematography are top notch. Stellar actors with great performances. It's very rare to see an original story in the horror genre, this one certainly qualifies as one. As others have said, this film will most likely appeal to older audiences. Unfortunately the version I watched did not have subtitles for the African speaking portions of the dialog so I did feel I missed out on some of the deeper meaning behind the man's actions so I will probably have to watch this one again when a copy with full subtitles become available. In any case, it is hidden gems like this film is why I love to watch international cinema rather than just watch the cookie cutter Hollywood jump-scare mediocre films.
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