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"Alleluia" is like "Psycho" combined with "Bonnie and Clyde," with Norman and Norma Bates as the conjoined criminal couple on the run.
Dueñas rescues the project with her feverish performance, the character's sexual hunger generating a whirlpool of gore and perversion.
Watching "Alléluia" is like being chauffeured by experienced drivers who only know how to drive Manual, but have suddenly decided to learn how to drive stick shift during bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic in the Holland Tunnel.
"Alleluia" is a fever dream of sex, jealousy and murder whose intensity leaves you spellbound.
Du Welz, despite a strong assist from cinematographer Manuel Dacosse, rarely musters the requisite tension or propulsion to immerse us fully in the story's wickedly wild ride.
Du Welz is also one of the only filmmakers who makes good use of Lucas, an actor with a tendency to coast on his looks and charm when he's not being challenged; he's well paired here with Dueñas ...
... its conflation of the ridiculous with the sublime is this neo-extremist's most admirable and stirring manoeuvre to date.
A bleak, dark, and yet humorous experience that is full of twists and turns that are at times truly heartbreaking.
Alleluia is a grotesque masterpiece. L'amour fou, indeed.
What mitigates this willful narrative vagueness are the performances.
Du Welz deftly balances the sensationalistic elements with a more down-to-earth study of obsession.
Fortunately, thanks to a strong final act and direction that answers the question, "What if Bertolucci directed a Grindhouse flick?", there is entertainment to be found in Alléluia.
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