I haven’t seen a decent Italian movie in a while, and this one surprises. It’s in that vein of psychological twisty-turny stories such as Jacob’s Ladder and Stay. Only, it’s not overwhelmingly shocking and remains plausible. There’s some restraint.
The lead actress is very good with range to spare, and it’s her story. The plot revolves around seduction and crime. A twist flips things around, such that the viewer can’t tell what’s real and what isn’t.
That key twist sends it into a tense second act. The beauty of these kinds of stories is that they allow all the filmic techniques to come into play to show the haunting, or whatever, with visceral immediacy. That’s why I’m a sucker for these types of movies, even if they don’t make it all the way to greatness. The journey is interesting enough to warrant a viewing.
It was actually Brian Trenchard-Smith’s Trailer From Hell that turned me onto this film. He’s got a way with selling you on a picture.
“Just wanted to let you know I’ve just finished reading Wrecking Balls and if I continue to laugh like so, I may rupture something.”