Eerie and foreboding atmosphere looms large over everyone here, which is largely the only thing i genuinely liked about this film is the cinematography and it's setting. It's Lovecraftian ways doesn't save it from being a shallow and meandering film. Look elsewhere for -quality- Lovecraftian & Body horror films, cause there's plenty of both- and this isn't one of them.
This is a self-evident variation on her earlier film INNOCENCE, which I hold to be a masterpiece. If you have seen both, you'll see the correlation. This one isn't quite as good. But having once been a boy in a malevolent and confusing terrestrial realm, I can identify w/ the notion that mothers (and their doubles) are disturbing emissaries from a greater social body into which the boy has been plopped unwittingly.
I don't understand how people can enjoy films that dramatically move with zero arches, characters who do things but never change, suggestive imagery that is more about aesthetics than depth. Dream cinema doesn't have to be without rise and pace. A musing that I am sure was personal for the Director but completely left waiting for it to end
An eerie and beautiful film where dialogue is scarce and images, sounds and body language take center stage. Something insidious is happening in that forsaken island and the audience only gets a few glimpses and clues about it, but the director conjures up a mysterious environment that leaves you guessing and wondering even after the film ends. I'll keep an eye on Hadzihalilovic's next works, this was stunning.