As blunt an assertion of the phantasmagorical power of Cinema as the medium has ever delivered. Tarantino’s power punch comes from Cinema itself … for anyone professing true Film love, there’s no resisting it. Once Upon a Time … In Nazi-Occupied France. How Cinema can save the world.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A drama that curdle into a slow-motion nightmare who tracks the disintegration of a family after the death of its matriarch. Explores grief, trauma and the meaning of inheritance (transforming the concept of family demons into something that’s simultaneously literal and deeply unsettling on an existential level). Annie and the audience are pawns in an ancient ritual to bring the demon Paimon into Peter’s body and Joan is part of a coven that Ellen was involved with. A long-lived possession ritual told from the perspective of the sacrificial lamb. Kubrickian symmetry at its finest.