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“Speak No Evil” is a terrifying culture shock • AIPT

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One of the best things about film festivals is that you often don’t know what you’re attending. Sure, you’re given a description of the film, but there are no previews and months of barrages of information about the upcoming film coming your way in TV ads and social media. speak no evil is one of those movies that has earned a reputation for its own merits well before its theatrical or VOD release.

speak no evil begins with two families spending a beautiful summer vacation in Italy. Karin (Karina Smulders), Patrick (Feja Van Huet), and son Abel meet Bjorn (Moten Brian), Louise (Sidsel Shem Koch), and daughter Agnes. The two families quickly become friends and enjoy their vacation together. The Dutch family, especially Patrick, are a bit eccentric, but they are kind and fun enough. I decided.


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When Bjorn and Louise receive a postcard from Karin and Patrick inviting them to stay at their home in the Dutch countryside, it seems like an offer too good to pass up. They are promised food, drink, and long walks. It’s a long time to spend a weekend with people you barely know, even though you’ve only been invited. They eventually decide it’s a little disrespectful to decline. After all, what’s the worst that could happen?

Scores really make or break horror movies. The clichéd sounds that signal impending danger can become boring and take away some of the thrill. speak no evil It perfectly uses the gorgeous score by Sune Kølster. String swells are played at moments that should be mundane, building tension without being overpowering. The way the music builds suspense from the beginning of the film shows Bjorn, Louise, and Agnes not enjoying their weekend at Holland’s house much.

Patrick and Karin are a little more intimidating, and so is the kid Abel. Louise soon decided that she didn’t really like being around them. Even when you do, you have to be very polite. She apologizes multiple times when she does this, at which point Louise starts telling Patrick why she is uncomfortable.

As is often the case with horror movies, decisions can be made in the middle of the story that can easily end the movie. That’s the point of cheering our protagonist just keep going, make that girlfriend’s call and don’t look back. speak no evil There is one such point in the movie, but you know the movie doesn’t end here. We also expect the situation to quickly deteriorate after this point, but instead: speak no evil Enough fun to keep going, even if it’s a little uncomfortable.

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Patrick and Bjorn have an emotional conversation together, and the two men seem to open up and really form a friendship. The tone of the relationship between the two families oscillates between friendly and obnoxious, with the host controlling how things go and the guests being too polite to speak for themselves.

speak no evil In no hurry to show the horror that awaits Bjorn, Louise, and Agnes, instead, through an obnoxious meal that they think is nice enough, and an inappropriate, boundary-crossing little moment from Karin and Karin. , make them sit uncomfortably with them. Patrick, who Bjorn and Louise want to ignore as things escalate. In the final half hour of the film, things take a turn for the worst for the Danish family when Bjorn discovers what Patrick and Karin have been hiding.

The end of the speak no evil There are moments that are truly unbearable. Writer-director Christian Trafdrup does a great job of making the two families look so real, making the story seem believable, and the film’s brutal ending feels like a real punch in the gut. surprise and anxiety, speak no evil It goes far beyond traditional horror and abduction thrillers, and often makes you wonder if caring about manners is really a good idea.

speak no evil is showing at Come to Shaddaa in August with the Fantasia Festival


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