India Stoker (Wasikowska) lost her adored father in a tragic and mysterious accident on her 18th birthday. At the wake, her mother Evelyn (Kidman) introduces India to the uncle she never knew she had, Charlie (Goode). He has been travelling the world all of these years……..he is quite the mysterious man.
Evelyn announces that Uncle Charlie will be staying with them and he begins to ingratiate himself into Evelyn’s life and bed all the while doing little to hide his attraction to the awkward and introverted India. India, in return, slowly becomes obsessed with her uncle.
It’s all a bit disturbing and uncomfortable really …. in a good way.
This movie is contemporary gothic. It is dark …. quiet…..subtle…..dialogue in used sparingly in many parts ….. and there is a sinister undercurrent flowing throughout. You know something is not right but can never put your finger on it. This is enhanced by the youth and awkwardness of India, who is just 18 years of age and thus legally a woman but still very young within herself and the subtle lusting of her gorgeous, confident uncle.
There is not a great deal I can say about the plot without giving away spoilers. It is a little slow and meanders along for a while but once the pieces start to come together, there are some surprises. There are moments when the viewer does not know what is real and what is imagined but the Director does a great job of giving us a little few seconds to catch up.
The screenplay was written by Wentworth Miller, probably best known for his lead role in the TV series Prison Break. This is an impressive first (I believe) screenplay and I hope he continues writing because I want more. Please.
This movie will not be for everyone…..not at all. It is a darkly disturbing story with no soft spaces to shield us. For me, it was like fumbling through a familiar but dark room….. you are never scared or completely vulnerable but you feel uneasy until you flip the switch. Not the best analogy but hopefully it conveys my point.
If you like dark, disturbing goth movies, this is for you. It is compelling viewing and you may even feel a little shell-shocked as the mystery unravels. It’s all a bit devilishly delicious.
Love Flick x
Director : Chan-wook Park
Starring : Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Jacki Weaver, Dermot Mulroney, Phyllis Somerville, Lucas Till, Alden Ehrenreich
Running Time : 99 minutes
Release Date : In Cinemas Now …