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This is an alternately handsome and harrowing ghost story, about a civilized society haunted by its own unspeakable needs.
Even Angelica's most juvenile gags are a perfect synthesis of gross-out silliness and atmospheric scares.
It is a rare treat to encounter a period horror film which says a lot about the relationship between man and woman and man-versus-nature, whilst providing a satisfyingly eerie psychological drama.
Angelica is a slow burn but rewards patience as the director takes his time to lay out his themes, introduce his characters and slowly ratchet up the melodrama.
Angelica feels like Alias Grace meets The Babadook.
It remains cold and emotionally distant, and not especially creepy, only somewhat redeemed by an intensely wacko finale that at least should generate discussion afterward.
The supernatural elements brush up against some heavy topics, some actual real-life horrors, but like any encounter with a ghost, Angelica is likely to simply leave you cold.
The shift in tone from slow-building psychological tension to the sight of ghost boners doesn't really work, for reasons that should be obvious.
For fans of the Gothic there are many sources of pleasure here.
The film is elegantly put together, and while not an easy one to bracket its sheer of unworldly unusualness makes it worth taking a look at.
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