For fans of horror movies that delves into family fears.
Direction: Natalie Erika James Cast: Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcote, Robyn Nevin Original title: Relic Country: Australia Year: 2020 Release date: 3-12-2021 Genre: Horror Script: Natalie Erika James, Christian White Photography: Charlie Sarroff Synopsis When the elderly Edna inexplicably disappears, her daughter Kay and her granddaughter Sam rush to the family’s run-down farmhouse, where they find clues to her creeping insanity.
The best: the way in which physical space and mental state overlap in it.
The worst: clinging to her metaphorical charge and not appreciating the overwhelming horror-movie nature of her.
Without a doubt one of the great revelations of contemporary horror cinema, the director and screenwriter Natalie Erika James (writes the script with Christian White) puts on stage, with an undeniable visual power and a side sense of the sinister, a wide catalog of fears associated with family environments. She locks up three women in a house (grandmother, mother and granddaughter) and darkens, twists and violent both the intimate space they must share and the choreography of affections and disaffections that unite them until they become a representation of their fears.
Relic recreates with admirable forcefulness the fear of inheriting the defects of those who precede us and of perpetuating them even without wanting to, of not being able to take care of a dependent family member or of not recognizing a figure as important (and complex) as the maternal one. For this, Natalie Erika James resorts with the same talent to altered settings, murky atmospheres, characters in a (permanent and disturbing) state of construction and, above all, the disturbing image with a high symbolic charge.
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