The Little Stranger (2018)
The film adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel “The Little Stranger” had some bad public reviews, and, therefore, I was curious to see it. In the story, Dr Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson) reacquaints himself with one stately house (Hundreds Hall) he used to admire in his childhood. This is the house belonging to the Ayres family, who now find themselves in a pitiful financial and societal position. Dr Faraday tries to help the son of the family Roderick (Will Poulter) with his health issues, and gets close to the daughter of Mrs Ayres (Charlotte Rampling) – Caroline Ayres (Ruth Wilson). However, with his blinding attachment to the house, Dr Faraday does not even guess the horrors which the house apparently holds. The film is not bad. It is stylishly presented and has some intriguing character presentation. However, it is also problematic in a way it tries too awkwardly to tie together a period drama, with one central maladjusted character, and supernatural horror. Continue reading “The Little Stranger” Review
I, Anna (2012)
“I, Anna” is a 2012 noir mystery thriller starring Gabriel Byrne and Charlotte Rampling. The film is a directional debut of Barnaby Southcombe (who is known for a TV series and who is also Rampling’s son). In “I, Anna”, the plot centres around a lonely woman, Anna Welles (Rampling), who becomes the centre of attention for the detective Bernie Reid (Byrne), who, in turn, investigates the murder of a man in a London apartment. As Bernie becomes infatuated with the mysterious woman and her strange behaviour, he realises that she may have more to do with the murder case than initially meets the eye.
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‘Melancholia’ will either be loved or hated. There is no “in-between”. The film is certain to awaken something in the viewer, be it some inexplicable feelings of unease or awe. However, given that this film is directed by no other than Lars Von Trier (a Danish director known for its controversial films, e.g. ‘Antichrist’ (2009)) and who once said that “a film should be like a rock in the shoe”, nothing less is expected.
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