Dark Touch (2013)
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Wielding his camera with jumpy precision, Mr. Conroy infuses even chaotic motion with stabilizing elegance.
For all its soaring cutlery, Dark Touch, like much of the best horror, works the fears that connect to real life.
It's hampered by its need for easy resolutions and horror set pieces, neither quite embracing nor escaping its genre roots.
A frank and powerful horror film about the disastrous and irrevocable effects of child abuse.
Dark Touch employs the sensational trappings of a horror film to explore the real world horrors of child abuse.
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No, not my thing.
This is a film that uses the horror genre to explore a very real-life problem, child abuse and the horrific effects that can have on the children that are victim of it. Horror can be very effective when focusing on fears that are rooted in reality and I think the film uses its subject matter in a very real and unsettling way. You get to see how years and years of abuse have taken their toll on Neve's psyche and how that affects her life going forward after her family's "accident". So I thought that was well-managed, but I did think that the pacing of the film certainly left a lot to be desired. Much like a lot of horror films, I don't think that there was enough interesting content to justify the film being as long as it is, and it really isn't very long at all. The film certainly spends a lot of focusing on the trauma that Neve feels after years and years of child abuse. But, at after a while, I was like 'ok, I get it, she's traumatized...can we get to the point please?' I think some people would justify it as getting to the psychological, and physical, effects years of abuse have had on her. And that's fine, a perfectly understandable point. But I still think a lot of it feels like a bunch of filler because there's just not enough material to justify the length. I did think the climax, however, to be excellent as I think it was the moment, while of course greatly exaggerated since it's a horror film, but the moment where you REALLY get to see the irrevocable damage years of abuse have had on her. There's also a lot of implied abuse in the film. Neve has this ringing in her ear every time something reminds her of her past. Nat, the woman who takes Neve in, also has the same ringing in her ear. The implication being that Nat has also suffered from abuse and that's why she's so protective of Neve. They never confirm or deny it, but it seems like a pretty logical conclusion to come to. The film doesn't really even have scares, it's just about the horror Neve faces as a consequence of the abuse she faced. And that's fine by me actually. It makes for a nice change of pace. There is gore, however. Not a lot of it, but it is there and it's pretty good. The acting is better than your normal horror film, but the girl who played Neve, who can cry on command like nobody's business, really isn't great. Her delivery really leaves a lot to be desired and I don't think she's good enough to carry something as serious as this. Of course, not that she has to carry it on her own as there're a lot of leeway with the horror genre, but I still don't think her acting was particularly good for such a serious subject matter. The film makes for a decent watch and it offers a harrowing look at the effects abuse can have on children. The problem lies in the fact that the pacing isn't particularly great and that the lead actress isn't good enough to carry the film. Still, this is a decent horror film.
Very classy and stylish horror thryller comes from Ireland and it is a co-production of more European countries on a subject of child abuse, thanks to the searing imagination of writer/director Marina de Van. It was an interesting story happening in a remote town in Ireland, where eleven-year-old Neve finds herself the sole survivor of a bloody massacre that killed her parents and younger brother. Neve insists that the culprit is the house, not a suspecting gang of homicidal vandals - but the police ignored her explanation. Because there is no easy way out of the trauma she suffers, closest neighbours Nat and Lucas take her in their home with the supervision of a social worker. Neve stays in the bedroom of their daughter who died from cancer. [img]http://s3.amazonaws.com/auteurs_production/images/film/dark-touch/w448/dark-touch.jpg[/img] Marina de Van's work is well known in the European film circles. She has written with Francois Ozon (8 Women), and her daring first feature, In My Skin, included her main character eating her own flesh! Her second feature was Don't Look Back and managed to be screened at Cannes in 2009, because her films are always intense, intellectual and in particularly brutally honest. I think that this is a good movie but relies too much on clichés which sometimes become overwhelming. And, it doesn't matter how much I love Irish acting, in this movie I witnessed some of the bad ones. The movie had some heavy weight moments which prepared us to witness mature and complex approach but the acting wasn't up to it. The acting team was more suited for a light-hearted fun romp and this was far away from it. Young Marie Missy Keating was an exemption. If you are interested to see and hear a women's perspective in horror, try it. Multilayered and sometimes slow, with lots to improve on acting level - it's still a welcome viewing for real fans of horror.
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