A minimal abstraction of dark reality chains its way through several people, drawing them into the void that is our awareness of those missing from our lives. There are some extremely clever ideas here and great lighting; so it's a shame to see the seeds of what would become bigger issues in Flanagan's work (penchant for visual over-explanation, dialogue issues, etc.) keep it from being completely great.
Unique and calculated in scripting, Absentia is an early dramatic horror film from Flanagan that establishes the director's highly emotional studies of loss and grief. The twists are well rendered, the ideas are unique and unnerving, the actual scare scenes are minimal and of the stock sights/sounds variety, but the tone and atmosphere is eerie and creepy, if enigmatic, akin to horror authors Blackwood and Campbell.
A somewhat inauspicious debut for director Mike Flanagan, who has quietly become one of the most promising filmmakers in horror. While Flanagan takes after M. Night Shyamalan and Jeff Nichols by emphasizing the melancholy domestic drama at the heart of "Absentia," I question the decision to make such a high-concept screenplay (Lovecraftian monsters from a Dark Matter universe?!) on a shoestring, Kickstarter budget.
This film was modest and humble with its take on a horror movie didnt need all the fuss and the build ups etc because to just place something scary in the mist of normality is just as haunting, The music and imagery was beautiful and still. Mike flanagan is a brilliant writer and director and its great to see that a director has the raw talent there with and without the budget.
I really enjoyed this a lot. Its been so long since I've seen a ghost story that relied on good old fashioned storytelling that I am happy to settle for this near miss. The movie is shot in relatively long shots with a minimum of effects used, mostly in camera. The feeling of dread that I felt was largely achieved with camera work, silence and dialog. Even the soundtrack was very unobtrusive.
The whole tone of this film was rather unique for a thriller. This has a couple of the creepiest scenes I've ever seen, and one in particular was done in such a simple way that didn't feel cheap. It was also nice to see the characters pretty fleshed out. Just the right amount of drama and creepiness.
Realistic (in character terms), subtle, raw and cold with haunting music and slow images that brings a frightening and claustrophobic atmosphere. The cast is outstanding - specially, the sisters. The budget conditions didn't allow this movie to shine so bright as it could have. A shame, though. Moral: we rather invente a fantasy to silence the unkown, than accept the reality... but strange things happen, anyway.
Visually different from mainstream horror, which made it more realistic. Storywise it began very promising. It gave me a few good scares, but the ending failed to answer any questions and therefore disappointed me a bit. (But then again, I'm having a hard time appreciating supernatural horrorstories.)
Girato con una Canon 5D Mark II. Fotografia limpida da reflex e approccio sobrio e naturalistico. (Gli si perdona volentieri l'uso insistito e un po' didascalico del fuoco/fuori fuoco, tipico delle potenzialità della reflex a uso cinema). Cresce piano, con un'iniziale diffidenza per la storia e per alcuni espedienti, poi convince e avvince. Ottima recitazione (bravissime le ragazze) e narrazione appassionata.