Western guy goes to Transylvania to copy Romanian classic 'Baltagul' ('The Axe'), and to prove himself clueless about the place. Cardboard dialogues and acting, bombastic music. The 'etno dance' scenes are an insult to the locals.
Loved it... Loved it... I knew a lot about the the film's origins so seeing the end product makes the whole thing even more impressive. I am a big Peter Strickland fan and think he is someone to truly watch. The film was handled so well from start to finish with visuals and sound so complimentary. The Carpathian setting(s) were so lush yet underlying with true menace - wish I had room to write so much more...
Peter Strickland's first teature, is one of those films that lingers in the mind and you find yourself mulling over the storyline and remembering an image or a sound.The film is like a Brothers Grimm tale,where there's danger lurking in the woods and revenge will have its price.Hilda Peter is excellent in the title role.As is Norbert Tanko as her son Orban,who accompanies her across Transylvania,to meet her destiny.
An assured debut by Strickland who musters up a tale of revenge that will engage and surprise the viewer. The acting is very strong throughout and the sound design and score very impressive. The script and direction is good but drags a bit in parts. Still a good movie with both ambition and atmosphere.