Linkeroever (Left Bank) Reviews
Director: Pieter Van Hees
Summary: Ailing athlete Marie (Eline Kuppens) feels as if she's found the perfect place to recuperate when she moves in with a new boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts) and takes up residence in the idyllic Left Bank. But a shocking discovery in the basement sends her spiraling into doubt and insanity. Suddenly, she can't be sure whether her lover can be trusted -- and she's seeing things that can't otherwise be explained.
My Thoughts: "The film seems to have quite the blend of things happening. There are also quite a few of WTF moments. There are things that happen to a few characters that are never really explained. I don't consider this a horror film. The film is to slow for a horror flick. But I still enjoyed most of it. The acting was good in this by all. Maybe more emotion here or there could have made you feel a closeness to the main character. But she did a well enough job. This movie entangled mystery, cult activity, romance, and a touch of reincarnation all wrapped up in one film. Not a bad flick, but not a great one either."
Fan of horror genre will figure out what is going on because it has many similarities with other horror movies like "Rosemary Baby's" BUT it has a very a different ending. An ending that left me with a feeling of WTF?!.
It has many good elements but not enough to recommended nor to rewatch it.
Social isolation, obsession, loss, pagan ritual, and mystery all add layers of interest.
While the conclusion left some questions unanswered, I cannot say that it wasn't foreshadowed and so ultimately it was not disappointing. There is a sense of doubt at the climax.
Atmosphere is filled with dark tones and a stifling sense of choking, which is reflected by the illness afflicting the protagonist.
It seems to be a film that not many people have seen. I initially expected to give it a six, but when I considered the overarching undercurrents I felt it was of higher quality.
I wouldn't call it a horror as such, despite the cover. I wouldn't call it a thriller with its deliberate pace. It is psychological drama, and worth looking at if you read the film synopsis and have interest in the subject matter.
If you don't like this style, which requires some patience and attention, then you won't care for it, even to the point of hating it. I find it interesting.