Mesmerizing, thick, gloomy and oppressive. For the amount of potential, I could easily increase the rating. However, while being terrifyingly competent, once it is over, it has nothing compelling to state, leaving an obsolete depthless taste. Also, what a magnificent and eerie use of Fado, suggesting it as a musical mechanism to express loss and lapse.
Art horror that is immensely sadistic at its core, but instead of being explicit, it uses sadism in a form of emotional torture to the levels that are unknown even to a genre enthusiasts. So, even if the majority of the actual bloody scenes are done off-screen, the sole idea that something like that is actually possible - and torment of its victims - is something to behold. And it's flavored with striking B&W imagery
A pox on my eyes but I'm a sucker for a pretty screen. These vapid vistas give such good creep and hush that I'm coughing up three stars despite Pesce's failure either to confer any real heft upon or to attain much serious lift with his mythopoeic conceit. A crystalline murk, but a murk nonetheless. A promising letdown, say.
I can understand why this film doesn't get very good reviews, as not much happens/nothing is resolved, however I found the slow pace refreshing. What usually ruins horrors for me is the lack of subtlety, and I found this film to reveal the perfect amount of gore/shocking imagery. Nor was the gore un-necessary - it was all contextual and reasonable.
After the first 20 mins(which was intriguing and i felt for the most part was well done)its all down hill and then the movie just meanders about and drifts almost aimlessly for the nxt 60mins or so...I'm all for ambiguity but its hard to peer into something when you get the feeling there is nothing but shallow water reflecting back at you,because then you'll just feel like a fool for even wasting time to begin with.