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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.
[An] assured hybrid of backwoods thriller and fantasy ...
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.
Bad men become redeemable as good people prove to be monsters. And before it's over we're left to wonder if two wrongs do make a right.
... Gutland offers standard pulp fare set firmly on simmer, building to a twist that gets points for audacity but makes almost no sense a moment later.
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