The Noonday Witch
Directed by Jiri Sadek, Matej Chlupacek, Michal Samir
After her husband commits suicide, guilt-ridden Eliska hides what happened from her daughter Anetka and moves them out to a small village in the Czech countryside. When Anetka discovers the truth, it attracts a mythical witch who soon threatens to tear mother from daughter forever. A stunningly shot and severely scary example of the too-rare “Daylight horror” subgenre, NOONDAY WITCH is a must for fans of THE BABADOOK, UNDER THE SHADOW and STILL/BORN.
A mythical witch comes for a widowed mother and her young daughter.
Cast: Anna Geislerová, Karolina Lipowska
Minor spoiler alert. Horror or not, this is bad writing. It's just so random and lacks basic explanations. The synopsis makes it sound a lot deeper than it really is. In a nutshell, "When Anetka discovers the truth, it attracts a mythical witch who soon threatens to tear mother from daughter forever." Well, her daughter doesn't find out the truth for certain until over half way through the film. Then there's a gap where there is no impact from these findings. Then the "witch" part is rushed practically non existent. They focus too much on side story and not enough on the actual plot.
A slow burn for sure. Great atmosphere under the relentless sun and heat. There are more things to fear than witches. The mundane horrors of grief, unwanted attention, powerlessness are just as hard to fight as any supernatural happening. I enjoyed this film, was surprised when the titles rolled at the end. 4 skulls.
great great great movie. not actually very scary, but very good.
Beautifully shot film with scenery to match, this film is excellent. The metaphor is profound. The daughter is darling and a gifted actress whom I wanted to protect- Authentic and transportive great casting all around. Highly recommended
A stunning film with a strong metaphor. It’s beautifully shot with gorgeous scenery. The child actress is darling and so talented and casting is authentic across the board mmmm