Alex Garland directs Jessie Buckley, Rory Kinnear and Paapa Essiedu in this folk horror where a woman goes on retreat to a country house in a village where every man has a familiar look to them.
Technically perfect (that score, that lighting, that costume design, that freak-out finale) but ultimately a cold fish. Difficult to connect to. Feels like an exercise. Ripe, almost teeming, with allegory, to the point of distraction. But you will see things and in spurts it forgets to be ‘elevated horror’ and just delivers horror. I will revisit this… Jessie Buckley might want to take a break from existential nightmare-scapes, where all men are controlling bastards, though. This and I’m Thinking Of Ending Things feel too much a piece.
Perfect Double Bill: Ex Machina (2014)
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