Critic Reviews for Gutland
It fascinatingly blurs the line between fantasy and reality, from the eerie intro all the way through to a surprise finale that raises goosebumps.
[Director Govinda] Van Maele is in no rush to get to the climax and he takes a long time to begin to build suspense, but the slow burn pays off in the end.
Despite some recognizable tropes of small-town transgressions and cultish persuasions, director Govinda Van Maele proves his skill through a subtle but palpable escalation of tension.
Unfortunately, the film's climax doesn't quite deliver the grand reveal that the rest of the film gestures towards, favouring a shaggy-dog ambivalence that gestures towards surreal ambiguity but perhaps more accurately masks creative indecision
Govinda Van Maele's full-length feature "Gutland" is a striking debut, one that slowly burns through the magnificent landscapes of rural Luxembourg with flourishes of neorealism.
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