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A young ambitious architect buys a ruined cottage to transform. But, the building, in an isolated Irish valley, has a history. And, when she finds herself unexpectedly pregnant the neighboring farmers turn against her and her unborn child and try to change the course of nature. A drama with supernatural overtones, a thriller about love, life, grief and sex, "Puffball" is an adaptation of the Fay Weldon novel of the same name.


Critic Reviews for Puffball

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1) | Rotten (6)

  • Everyone in this soggy tale of maternal reproductive instincts gone berserk is wisely attired in Wellingtons at one time or another, but it can't save them from sinking in the spreading sludge.

    Sep 28, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A lacklustre mishmash of voodoo humbug, pregnancy and domestic frustrations, set in a grey, desolate community in the Irish countryside, Puffball is carelessly plotted, haphazardly stringing together obscure scenes and all-too-obvious hints.

    Sep 26, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It is part drama, part supernatural mystery, part nativity play and part horror - but somehow always less than the sum of its parts, as though Roeg cannot quite bring his generic hybrid to full term.

    Jul 16, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Puffball is a surprisingly terrible movie.

    Sep 28, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Puffball

  • Aug 11, 2015
    Nicolas Roeg wants to touch some deep forgotten chords of the old days here, when the feel of things that go bump in the night was more than simply a yearly holiday for kids but he never latches onto the vibe and so neither do we. The shadows are there, but not fully realized, and so the things a waste by the end, before the end. Don Sutherland coasts through the film with a smile on his face that seems to imply: "I can't believe they're paying me for this shit." You'll quickly come to see his point unfortunately.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2010
    this starts off okay, and kelly reillly is a good actress and is watchable here, but thestory gets dull, in thesecondhalf, when the story is getting going, something about voodo,and getting pregnant, and the curse or good luck of a stone with a hole in it, it dident grab me, nicholas roegwho directed some great stuff in the past, could do better
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Nov 15, 2009
    This movie was so fuc!king confusing and misleading, it was dreadfull! This wasn't a thriller, horror, supernatural film that it leads you to believe, it was almost like a voodoo/erotica movie that leads to nowhere. Its a shame that two talented actors like Donald Sutherland and Kelly Reilly were put in such a trashy movie as this one. Overall avoid this movie at all costs, its probably one of the strangest and most idiotic film I've seen so far this year. ZERO STARS!!!
    Matt S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2009
    Interesting failure for fans of Roeg. His trademark visual style is all present but often incorrect - the foetal/puffball overlays look cheap and are unnecessary. The film works when it focuses on earthly realities but its supernatural leanings are woefully inept - amazing given the director's pedigree. The music is a mixed bag but at least original. Missed opportunity.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer

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