The Funeral

The Funeral (Cenaze) (2023)

The Funeral (Cenaze) had its Scottish première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2024. The Funeral (Cenaze) opens with a shot looking out from inside a car as it travels along a rainy country road to a grim gathering of people waiting under umbrellas outside a building. This sequence explains the title – for the car’s driver…

De Patrick

Patrick (De Patrick) (2019)

Patrick (De Patrick) first published by Little White Lies (in a shorter version online) “It’s all down to an uncertain void that has been created,” says Herman (Pierre Bokma) as he addresses the residents of a naturist campsite in a bid to take over now that the owner Rudy (Josse De Pauw) has died. Herman…

Lucid

Lucid (2018)

In Lucid, the feature debut of blind writer/director Adam Morse, an introverted, never-smiling young man (Laurie Calvert) – whose unusual name, Zel, appears to be a play on ‘incel‘ – lives alone in his apartment, inertly and indecisively, playing games and, frankly, not smelling good. Change, however, is on its way. His mother Georgia (Sadie…

Possum

Possum (2018)

Possum first published by Sight & Sound, November 2018 Review: There is a subgenre of cinema – the ‘muttering man movie’ – in which an extremely alienated, barely articulate male is caught claustrophobically in an environment that reflects his inner states, both concealing and exposing the secrets of a damaged psyche. Key examples include David…

Aloys

Aloys (2016)

First published by Little White Lies “Is it true that you regularly call a sex line since your father died?”, young Yen Lee (Yufei Li) asks her apartment block neighbour Aloys Adorn (Georg Friedrich). Yen is onto something. If sex lines are designed to fuel erotic fantasy, rooted in the auditory domain, for those who…

He Never Died

He Never Died (2015)

First published by FilmLand Empire He Never Died begins with a day in the life of protagonist Jack (Henry Rollins) – a ‘muttering man’ of reclusion, routine and relatively few words who spends most of his time alone in his New York apartment, sleeping or zoning out in front of the TV. Visited by his…

Eraserhead (1977)

Eraserhead first published by Film4 Synopsis: “Oh you are sick.” David Lynch’s feature debut is a monochrome fever dream of frustrated desires and horrific unease. Review: “They’re still not sure it is a baby!” The precise nature and identity of the monstrous infant at the centre of Eraserhead remains a mystery, but then the same could be said of the…