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Andrew Droz Palermo
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About the Movie
Imprisoned by their own father on their family's property, two siblings with terrifying supernatural powers plot their escape and vengeance. Starring Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 15
- Fresh: 7
- Rotten: 8
- Average Rating: 5.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The film tries, unsuccessfully, to walk the same eerie, atmospheric trail as "The Village" by M. Night Shyamalan, or any number of Stephen King works.
Rotten: There are simply too many loose ends to distract us, and too much empty air in which audiences can't help but poke holes.
Fresh: It's like Terrence Malick were making a superhero origin story. The lack of explanation wouldn't be a problem if the ending didn't feel somehow predictable and lethargic, but the cast help make this watchable.
Fresh: Sally Draper leaps to the big screen in this slight, sumptuous drama about teleporting teens.
I love magical realism, so I took a risk and rented this just based on the synopsis. What a fantastic surprise it was. The supernatural elements are just a vehicle; it mines much deeper themes, such as displacement, grief, secrecy, and the architecture of family. The two lead performances are affecting. The cinematography is so lush. Please take a chance on this one.
For once I agree with Critics
Be sure to rent it, you’ll never need to watch it again.
Like some forgotten early Malick movie…
Critics have generally dismissed Andrew Droz Palermo's film. As the film ended and the credits began to roll, I disagree with the dismissal.
This is nuanced and lush film is not aiming to give us a full story or even a standard narrative plot. This is a quietly disturbing film that refuses to offer any solid answers to the situation that looms over these four people.
While most definitely a tale of the Southern Gothic realm, this is the story of a family that finds itself in a prison ultimately of its own design.
The father may or may not be "afraid" of something not fully realized. The mother's illness may have nothing to do with the family or their children. The children may just have a supernatural "gift" that is simply misunderstood.
Or it might all be darker than we want to accept. Palermo is not interested in offering us a resolution. If he did, it would most certainly not be satisfying.