Andrea: The Revenge of the Spirit (2005)
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To call this the highlight of the contemporary renaissance of Dominican filmmaking would be to do it a terrible disservice. The renaissance in question, after all, consists of little more than remaking the same loud, obnoxious, simplemindedly offensive film with oh so mild variations in its cast, setting and plot in an effort to appease the lowest common IQ and rake in the money. Not only does "Andrea" not fit into this mold, but it was created by genuine artists who had more than half a clue what they were doing. Essentially "The Exorcist" set in a Dominican village (with some local folklore and traditions thrown in for good measure), the film's flaws are too many to list. If "The Blair Witch Project" was a low budget movie then "Andrea" is a no budget production. Self financed by the director, the acting ranges from the amateurish to the downright terrible (and none of the performers, save for one, use their Dominican accents) , the special effects are awful (particularly marred by an over reliance on CGI makeup), the writing is uneven (to put it gently) and the movie has too many subplots for its own good. It only took the first 5 seconds of the film, however, to convince me I was in the hands of a genuine filmmaker. The film's opening is strong, and despite being riddled with genre clichés the rest of the film has its moments. Its one undeniable highlight, however, is a throwaway scene that (to my complete surprise) was very, very creepy. Without spoiling, I will say it is as much the specific combination of shots as the event in question that made it work so well. After a situation has been established, a shot shows an image that seems to make no sense. Bathed in darkness we can't even be sure if what we are seeing is what we are seeing. A well timed closeup to something else not only reveals that what we were seeing was, in fact, what we were seeing but manages to make horrifying sense out of it. Is this a great film? Not by any stretch of the imagination. Is it a good one? Debatable. Is it a hard earned debut by a genuine filmmaker? Mhm. Did it leave me feeling (however momentarily) optimistic as to the future of the Dominican film industry when I left the theater? Yup. Was it worth my time? Absolutely.
First horror film from Dominican Republic. Independent flix decent made with a very low budget. In the first part of the movie the acting and the dialogs are like in a theater but after it the acting turns decent. The movie is very similar to "The Exorcist" but adapted to the Dominican folklore. Would be better if they reedit it and cut a some scenes that are unnecessary and reduce the role of the taxi driver.
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