The Juniper Tree Reviews

February 18, 2020
Made in stark black and white to further emphasize this sense of desolation, Keene produces some stunning compositions.
January 16, 2020
The magic of The Juniper Tree is palpable within its very celluloid. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 18, 2019
A devilishly fascinating film. [Full review in Spanish]
November 11, 2019
Nietzchka Keene's movie finds in witchcraft (and in superstition, rumor, fear) a way of talking about a profound and atavistic misogyny, the fear of women, and the bond between mothers, daughters, and sisters. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 1, 2019
While Björk obsessives are the most obvious audience... it's an enjoyable watch for anyone who wants to see a movie that is greater than the sum of its parts.
July 12, 2019
Keene complicates our feelings about the characters in subtle and useful ways, treating Katla in particular as something more intriguing than a garden-variety evil stepmother, even when she's serving up stew with a cannibalistic secret ingredient.
April 16, 2019
"The Juniper Tree" is absorbing enough to make one rue there weren't more.
March 21, 2019
Keene is doing the right kind of critical revisionism-reframing the uncanny, contorted alien logic of folktales within a politically updated dynamic, offering her own interpretation of an old story while honoring its lingering richness.
March 21, 2019
Shot in glorious black-and-white in unforgiving terrain, The Juniper Tree is a mood piece first and foremost, with a sense of natural mysticism not unlike a Peter Weir film.
March 18, 2019
[Nietzchka] Keene's eye for composition and evident respect for Iceland and its stark geographic allure has yielded a film as gorgeous as it is barbaric, a black-and-white masterwork.
March 15, 2019
The subtle subversion on the story makes it a worthy watch, and not least for Björk's presence as the affectional center of a stone-cold world.
March 15, 2019
The Juniper Tree can be a bit sluggish and redundant...but it only grows richer and more revolutionary as it goes along...
March 14, 2019
The movie has a style that doesn't partake of the anticipated influences - you might expect resonances of Ingmar Bergman or Carl Dreyer, but "The Juniper Tree," which was shot in English, has a voice all its own.
March 11, 2019
Among the Grimms' writings, the Christian undertones here are particularly pronounced, with cannibalistic consumption of sanctified flesh and bodily resurrection being central to the story.
March 11, 2019
Keene films the supernatural tale of timeless rusticity with fanatical attention to the barren and craggy seaside setting; her stunningly spare yet phantasmagorical images fuse the forces of nature with the spirit of mystery.
March 10, 2019
It seems appropriate that this film should re-emerge now, after so many years of being unappreciated or misunderstood, lost in the shadows of the zeitgeist.
March 9, 2019
The film is a singular work of American independent cinema that speaks to a more global artistic sensibility.