Carmilla

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An atmospheric, coming-of-age love story steeped in eerie mystery and inspired by the Gothic vampire novel of the same name. 15-year-old Lara lives with her father and her strict governess, Miss Fontaine, in total isolation and is struggling to find an outlet for her curiosity and burgeoning sexuality. When a carriage crash nearby brings a young girl into the family home to recuperate, Lara is enchanted by the eponymous Carmilla. The pair strike up a passionate relationship, which strikes fear into the heart of Miss Fontaine and a complex emotional triangulate emerges between the three women. Local rumors of an evil supernatural presence fuel Miss Fontaine's concern for Lara's well-being and with the exhortation of the family doctor, Fontaine seeks to put an end to the relationship for good.

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  • It portrays its central relationship as playful, sensual and exciting rather than driven by plain lust and is all the more an affecting tale as a result, while the performances from its young leads are mesmerising in their raw empathy.

    Jul 30, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • Harris drinks deep of the novella's sapphic themes to present a tale of obsession and fear of 'the other' but though the end result is well turned out in terms of look and performance, it could use a little less corseting and a lot more bite.

    Jul 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There is much to like in Carmilla, but it is let down by a hesitancy to throw itself into the grossest, maddest side of its protagonist's awakening.

    Jul 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This restrained affair could ultimately use a bit more blood in its veins.

    Jul 1, 2019 | Full Review…

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