Magic Magic Reviews
Juno temple and Emily Browning do well here. The rest of the cast are irritating.
The movie moves slowly and the ending isn't really what you would want to see either.
I liked it, but it's not entirely engaging and I wouldn't watch it again.
The film descends into a mixture of paranoia, scenes of witchcraft and downright breakdown.
I say young the person in question is not a child but a young woman Alicia visiting her cousin Sara in Chile.
Sara has a mixture of oddball freinds including her boyfriend Augustin, his sister Barbara and freind Brink, the most sadistic of the lot.
On a trip to a secluded island cabin, Sara temporarily has to return for a school exam apparently. It leaves Alicia alone in a foreign country amongst strangers who speak their native Spanish language for good measure.
The oddballs delve in drunken games, mild animal cruelty and base jumping through the film. Alicia descends into a deeper state of psychological dedpair as the film unfolds.
Some people wrongly class this film a horror which under my definition of blood and slasher characteristics of the genre it is far from being.
Towards the end we see Alicia being pumped with homemade pills and local witchcraft practices as the nearest conventional hospital is hours away.
Well directed, great acting, I just feel like it was something I could not relate to.
Then it starts to go for some really weird and loud scenes that kinda freaked me out, but I guess that's what Silva was going for. The tension is well managed here, and the visuals are really amazing, it's beautiful to look at, but the best thing of the movie is Juno Temple's character, Alicia. The end is really inconclusive, it left me with bad taste because I wanted something more to happen, and I asked myself what was going on, because it couldn't end there. But it did. The performances are really great, everyone is great here, but as her character, Juno Temple steals the show. If you like weird and tense suspense films see the film, but don't expect a classic.