Luz the Flower of Evil

Luz: The Flower of Evil (aka Luz) (2019)

Luz: The Flower of Evil first published by Little White Lies The prologue to writer/director Juan Diego Escobar Alzate’s Luz: The Flower of Evil (aka Luz, though not this one) is an impressionistic kaleidoscope of scenes from a woodland property. We see piles of timber by the foundations of a new house, a hecatomb of…

The Family

The Family (2021)

The Family has its European première at the Easter Grimmfest, 2022 “How could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?”, goes the text that opens The Family. It is a quote from the section in Plato’s Republic on the Allegory of the Cave, advertising that what follows…

Hollow

Hollow (2021)

The title appears in small capital letters to the bottom right of the screen, while the centre is occupied by an absence: a mark in the paint of the wall where clearly there was once a crucifix hanging. It is a sign that Laura Ryan (Laura Bayston), gaunt and wasted away with the gnawing of…

Red Lights

Red Lights (2012)

Red Lights first published by Little White Lies “Why have you come here tonight? What are you hoping to see? Do you think I should surprise you? Do you think I should entertain you?” These are the questions that blind psychic extraordinaire Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) poses near the end of Red Lights, both…

Black Easter

Black Easter (2021)

Jim Carroll’s Black Easter carefully set its store in the opening sequence. To the accompaniment of a bombastic orchestral score, baroque gold credits appear on screen – the first reading “Jason Castro as Jesus” – over the incongruously anachronistic image of a red car speeding along a road. “Stop, wait, time out, says protagonist Ram…

Confession

Confession (2020)

Daniel C. Nyiri’s Confession opens with the introduction of two separate characters. Dean McCallum (Gavin Lyall) is a good-natured, generous, well-liked man about town, and a literature professor with a drily ironic wit. And depressive 26-year-old Heather Kadar (Jo Kuzelka) is seeing a therapist about her sense of guilt, trauma and confusion over having miraculously…

Sinners

The Sinners (aka The Color Rose) (2020)

“This story isn’t about truth, or love – this story is about sin.” says Aubrey Miller (Brenna Llewellyn) in voiceover near the beginning of The Sinners (aka The Color Rose). The film opens in medias res: Aubrey is on her knees praying when a car pulls up behind her, and six young women in masks…

Padmavyuha

Padmavyuha (2020)

Before a young multi-cultural audience in an American university, Shaki Ramdas (Nikhil Prakash), a confident, clean-shaven professor of sociology and religious studies, is giving a lecture on the nature of faith. He even writes the word in big capitals on the blackboard and underlines them: FAITH. As he carefully disentangles religion from the other two…

Impossible

Impossible Crimes (Crímenes Imposibles) (2019)

Written by Nora Leticia Sarti, Hernán Findling’s Impossible Crimes (Crímenes Imposibles) is a film difficult to discuss because it is so easy to spoil – even though the broad shape of the Big Twist™, if perhaps not all its minor details, is so clearly broadcast that most genre fans will be way ahead of the…

Thursday

The Man Who Was Thursday (2016)

“Come quickly and hear me, oh Lord!”, declares man of the cloth Smith (François Arnaud), as he prays at the foot of his apartment bed in Providence, Rhode Island, having just awoken from a dream of lying in a burning church. “My soul is weakening. Do not hide your face from me. Do not let…