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Manic pixie dream monster.
In Spring, a young man tries to get over his mother's death by taking an open-ended trip to Italy, where he meets the love of his life. But is she some kind of monster? A romance first, the horror element creeps in during the second act with odd images and moments that make you uneasy and playfully set up a network of what you might call red herrings, except they're really misunderstandings. Essentially, the film continually leads you to the wrong conclusion, but all those clues do mean something. Once you know what's going on, a second and even third viewing will make you see those moments in an entirely new light. That "solution" is interesting, I don't think I've ever seen it before, which is a feat unto itself, and leads the film down a philosophical road that's a closer to cousin to Richard Linklater's Before series than to your standard horror fare. And the directors really do make the best of that exotic location; the film looks gorgeous.
I love this movie! The only thing that bugged me was the lead actor. For some reason he didn't seem to fit the role he was trying to play. However, i think this, at least for me, made it even better, or something; it's like it added an air of authenticity to the movie that it would have otherwise lacked. The dialog was great overall, though it did feel a bit forced in parts.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!