I saw this movie online and this is tied, with Under the Shadow, as my favourite horror film from the Festival. (I did indeed see them all.) I’m rating this one higher, though, because if I had to nitpick, the other movie’s ending wasn’t perfect, and this one nailed everything.
Kika Magalhaes attended the screening and did a Q&A where she discussed her influences on her performance. One was clear while watching it – Audition. Her character, Francesca, behaves, in some instances, very similarly to Asami. If this alone doesn’t get you excited to see the film, you’re probably not a horror fan.
I love the choice of black and white for the film. It dulls the gore without lessening the impact of the violence. This makes it easier for the squeamish, but in no way detracts from the horror on the screen.
And make no mistake, this movie is horrifying – in the best possible ways. Expertly acted, and directed. The cinematography was outstanding. Overall, best horror I’ve seen in a long time.