Directed by Marcin Wrona
Newly arrived from England to marry his fiancee, Peter has been given a gift of her family's ramshackle country house in rural Poland. While inspecting the premises on the eve of the wedding, he falls into a pile of human remains. The ceremony proceeds, but strange things begin to happen. During the wild reception, Peter comes undone, and a dybbuk, the iconic ancient figure from Jewish folklore, takes a toehold in this present-day celebration-for a very particular reason.
Over the course of his wild wedding, Peter is taken hold of by a dark force.
Cast: Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zulewska, Andrzej Grabowski
Very interesting, however lacking some clarity near the end. Overall enjoyable!
This is an intelligent, well-crafted film, not quite belonging to the "horror" genre — no cheap scares per se, but the subject matter itself is disturbing. Though it's theme of possession, it leaves you with the open question of who was truly the victim or recipient of such. It's underlying theme of guilt and collective "cultural amnesia" in the wake of the Holocaust. The dialogue -- in Polish, Yiddish, German and Russian -- is subtle and at times doesn't make a lot of sense at all in the immediacy of the moment, though in retrospect you grasp another layer of meaning. Disturbing, but recommended. The director, Marcin Wrona (1973-2015), sadly took his own life during a festival screening the film.
I thought this was a beautifully shot film focusing on historical amnesia surrounding the Holocaust. The acting was incredible and the entire movie had such a hauntingly surreal beauty that definitely lingers with you after the credits roll.
I'm very glad that Shudder has so many movies that aren't cookie-cutter modern horror. Even if many of them aren't "horror" by contemporary standards so much as movies with supernatural/terror elements, they tend to be interesting even when they aren't completely satisfying. I found this to be very enjoyable, if a little artfully unresolved at the end. I found the (I presume) Polish actor trying to act as an Englishmen speaking Polish hesitantly and with an accent to be kind of charming, and he was very effective dramatically.
This movie touches on emotions not common in the horror genre. It deals with the denial of the human terror suffered during the Holocaust in Poland. You can try to cover it up or gloss over it but it comes out in this surprising film. I was pleasantly surprised by the acting, and the story that arcs in history.