A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness (2014)



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A SPELL follows an unnamed character through three seemingly disparate moments in his life. With little explanation, we join him in the midst of a 15-person collective on a small Estonian island; in isolation in the majestic wilderness of Northern Finland; and during a concert as the singer and guitarist of a black met al band in Norway. - Marked by loneliness, ecstatic beauty and an optimism of the darkest sort, A SPELL is a radical proposition for the existence of utopia in the present. - … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ben Rivers, Ben Russell
In Theaters:
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Critic Reviews for A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

Avant-garde cognoscenti are surely already in line, yet the film is accessible and often hypnotic on an intuitive level.

Full Review… | December 4, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

The atmosphere is mythic and pervasive. The imagery, of night and nature and dancing flames, seems ripped from liner notes. Even the title sounds like something you might see scrawled across a record sleeve in Gothic typeface.

Full Review… | December 4, 2014
AV Club
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Landscapes and lyric conundrums distinguish the first two-thirds of this find-your-own-meaning artflick, which unfurls like some stranger's life you're half reliving.

Full Review… | December 2, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

For some this will feel like an arthouse endurance test, but it's shot with real beauty.

Full Review… | September 9, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

An art film that tries but doesn't quite manage to entrance the viewer.

Full Review… | September 13, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

If you find yourself pulled towards those dark corners, and in the mood for a cerebral encounter of the cinematic kind, 'A Spell' delivers on its grand title's promise.

Full Review… | December 9, 2014
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