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7.0
/10
865 Ratings

The Love Witch

Directed by Anna Biller
United States, 2016
Drama, Horror, Thriller

Synopsis

A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, in a tribute to 1960s pulp novels and Technicolor melodramas.

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The Love Witch Directed by Anna Biller
It’s exhilarating and inspiring when a work of art comes along that defies all categories and upends expectations. That’s The Love Witch, an entrancing, emotional, intelligent and challenging picture that’s much more than the retro rumination some have pegged it as. The suggestion that it feels like the work of “the great granddaughter of Russ Meyer”… is too easy to slap on this picture. There’s a deeper, darker undercurrent lacing every moment, and it’s uniquely its own creature.
March 03, 2017
Anna Biller wrote, directed, production designed, costume designed, composed. She is a breathtaking visionary: she knows what she wants, she sees it in her head, she does what needs to be done to make her vision a reality. She works very closely with her actors: everyone is so on the same page that the performances, too, emanate the sensibility of the director. Samantha Robinson, as the “love witch”, gives one of the performances of the year.
December 19, 2016
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In a masc4masc world, few “specialty” filmmakers wear a Cheshire grin as cunningly as Anna Biller, who knows exactly the distance between “Burn the witch!” and “Lock her up!” Her debut feature, Viva, was a retro aperitif; The Love Witch is a subversive seven-course manifesto with a ’70s Dinner Party menu.
December 09, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film The Love Witch

    .w. A whiff of Softcore porn. of Sex ed films. Wiccas and cauldrons. potions. medieval fairs. misogyny and misandry going to summer camp together. sex. d r u g s . orgasms. dreams. campiness. Woodshock and Family Plot. Psycho and friends.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Love Witch

    The sort of movie where what I love most is that it exists—and as an act of inspiration and pluck, that's no small feat. What it has to say about what men and women expect from one another is sharp and clever, not least in the hints that none of the witchcraft is real, just a sexy confused woman and smitten confused men. It drags lethally, but I want to see Biller continue in this vein—there's a great film in her.

  • El Biffo's rating of the film The Love Witch

    If you are into love and witchcraft and Tarot cards (Who isn't?) this film is for you! And the way Anna Biller paints the screen with fabulous colors, great costumes and close-ups of lipstick-covered lips is a wonder to behold. Satanically trashy and devilishly schmaltzy :-))

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film The Love Witch

    The post-modernism of Biller's text & the brilliant contrasting of kitsch period aesthetics with modern settings mean the film functions more as a work of cultural criticism than actual fiction. The ironic tone & satirising of outdated gender roles & sexual politics creates an inherent barrier for modern sensibilities & makes the film feel didactic & academic. However there's no denying the filmmaking is impeccable.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film The Love Witch

    While it seems a shame it took nearly a decade for audiences to receive a new film from Anna Biller, "The Love Witch" feels like a major artistic leap forward for the director, with sharper writing, stronger performances, and better pacing than her debut. The film accomplishes what great satire often does: it gives us permission to laugh at some of our deepest insecurities and fears. All this and it's gorgeous too.

  • Scorpio Velvet's rating of the film The Love Witch

    Shot on a shoestring budget (to perfection) with paying homage to EuroCult & Hollywood Exploitation, it's a heck of a two-hour unique cinematic experience about a witch trying to find love & the price she pays for it in the end. Biller has done well as a one-woman artist with some other stuff in production while directing. Dreamlike, colorful, striking, erotic, and good. (Elaine is quite be-witching, after all.)

  • film_lies101's rating of the film The Love Witch

    Things that prevented this from being an all time classic: (1) flat lighting style - I get it's supposed resemble Technicolor, but with Technicolor you can tell you're watching 35mm. I was shocked to learn that this wasn't shot on digital. (2) I hate Ren Faire shit, that sequence was far too long and random (3) Adriane Younge should have done the soundtrack. The music just reminded me of other films I enjoyed more

  • Ana Sousa's rating of the film The Love Witch

    Kept feeling like this was a gorgeously polished shell on the outside, with all its aesthetics and perfect production design & costume design & colour palette, but then when you open it, the inside is kinda disappointing. It might be a love letter to the classics, the 60's and rock a few references but left me wanting and waiting for more content 'til the end.

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