Realive

Realive (2016)

Beginning with graphic images of its protagonist’s (first) birth, and unfolding in a fractured narrative that switches constantly between different stages in a life story interrupted across two centuries, Realive offers a blend of high-concept SF and philosophical concerns that were already in evidence in writer/director Mateo Gil’s 1997 screenplay for Open Your Eyes (remade…

Flesh

We Are The Flesh (2016)

When we go to the cinema, we are returning to the womb. There we sit waiting in the cavernous dark, awash in sensory stimuli and mythic archetypes – and even if there are others, either located alongside us or flickering on the screen, nonetheless we remain essentially alone, relating to them only through the internal…

Shelley

Shelley (2016)

It is not uncommon for expectant mothers to experience anxieties about the life forms – both part of them and alien from them – that they are carrying inside, and as Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby (1968), the Alien franchise and Paul Solet’s Grace (2009) have all in their different ways demonstrated, genre cinema is adept…

Fury

Fury of the Demon (La Rage du Démon) (2016)

Those sensitive to spoilers may not wish to read beyond the first two paragraphs. Originally the expression film maudit (literally ‘cursed film’), coined by Jean Cocteau for a 1949 Biarritz festival devoted to recuperating misunderstood and marginalised movies, was used to designate any film that has been criminally overlooked, if not confined to oblivion. The rarely…

Coffin

White Coffin (2016)

Every so often a film comes along that knows exactly what it is, but proves adept at throwing viewers off the scent. White Coffin (or Ataúd Blanco: El Juego Diabólico) is just such a film, gleefully steering us down familiar-seeming roads, before taking every twisted dirt path and circuitous detour it can find, so that…