The Love Witch (2016)
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If I were doing 20-page essays instead of capsule reviews, I might be able to give Anna Biller's The Love Witch its due. There's just so much to unpack in terms of the gender politics at the heart of this retro-thriller-horror film that I haven't even come to terms with yet. Things will love-lust equivalency, what it means to own one's power, and whether or not the titular witch projects a sincere message or an ironic one. And how does the formalist experiment, i.e. making a contemporary film look like it was made in the 1960s (on 35mm, with rear projection, Technicolor vibrancy, and presentational acting) actually improve the experience? The Love Witch is the very definition of "thought-provoking". There's something cool about it - the look and fashions sparked their own discussions around the living room - but it also sometimes feels ridiculous and slips up tonally, only to get effortlessly back on the high wire. On a personal note, the Tarot stuff in the film is subtle and on point, probably the best use of the cards I've seen on film.
everything about sixties...atmosphere is superb in this one ....
very good, and refreshing to see a "feminist" movie that actually has interesting things to say instead of beating the dead horse of villainizing men and reducing woman to victims.
If you're not sure if this movie is feminist propaganda or not, don't worry, its pretty reasonable.
Even if it weren't, the amazing acting, the style and the writing would still be enough for me to recommend it to anyone who loves 60/70s horror.
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