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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 could see filmmakers attempt of mixing "Before Sunset" with body horror . Experimentation is admirable but I am afraid ,some ideas sound better as concept. In the end we are sadly left with a film, which appeals to exactly what audience? For horror lovers, I think it is overlong, and there is not much of that actual thrilling horror to speak of. While people who love romantic movies will be turned off by weird grotesqueness which comes and goes.
Yes, dialogue is decent in bits and it was shot at the gorgeous location, first act of the film was also engrossing, so thumbs up for that. But after credits roll, I find myself not particularly moved or entertained.
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