Marcin Wrona's final film is an interesting but in the end disappointing effort that attempts to tell a tale of a wedding disrupted by a dybbuk while near drowning in political and social metaphor. The sins of a country's past come home to roost theme gets lost in a film not scary enough to be a horror film and not deep enough to be a work of artistic worth.
A nice beginning that loses itself on the verge of creating climax. Unfortunately I expected a better overall presentation about this wedding gone demonic - it's not scary enough nor deep enough. Again, it's a promising idea restrainig itself to the surface of the genre. Borderline safe cinema.
Demon works as a haunting metaphor, not just because of the tragic suicide of its director, but more due to its sincere analysis. It's a study of the facade of carefree happiness that humans always have to put on in public-- even at their own wedding-- despite their heart's need for honesty and openness due to guilt and regrets from their past wrongs. Ambiguous, but a cathartic and singular, soul-baring experience.
I couldn't parse an overly direct critique in Wrona's eerie story, yet the whole film contains the aura of "collective hallucination", the wilful neglect of horrors past and repeatedly occurring. It veers from situational comedy (so much booze) to realist horror with a deftness that signifies real craft, aided by the stunning lighting and photography. Recommended for fans of 'Melancholia' over 'The Exorcist'.
A really outstanding output from Poland. It excels in its setting (a "horror" film set entirely in a wedding) it excels in its humor and easy-watching (the dancing, the polish humor, the vodka) and it excels mostly in its soft, subdued threat: a possession that harms no one but consciences. To think that someone so well in life could have everything undone just like that... is the greatest horror. More: [cont.]
it's greatest strength is moving fluidly from cautionary tale about marriage (emotional breakdown that comes with it) to a depiction of polish collective consciousness about living in denial about its country's past.
also, the humour is a great help looking on the sad horror story from a critical point of view.