Directed by Lorcan Finnegan
A land surveyor travels to a remote, unnamed Irish woodland to assess its suitability for a new development project. However, not all is as simple as it seems on this assignment. Intrigued by the woods’ foreboding mysticism, he finds himself drawn into a dangerous game that could lead to him becoming a prisoner of this place without name.
A land surveyor travels to a remote, unnamed Irish woodland to assess its suitability for a new development project. However, not all is as simple as it seems on this assignment…
Cast: Alan McKenna, Niamh Algar, James Browne
visually beautiful, I like the idea and concepts....but a little long and boring to keep my interest. not much of a resolution in the end. I like an artistic piece and indie-type film...but being long with pretty pictures of the woods doesn't make a great story...just my opinion though.
Definitely not what a lot of people who subscribe to Shudder would consider "horror" or even scary or creepy. There is a good idea here, but it never gets fully developed - the idea that trees, and fungi especially, actually communicate with each other and, if you open up to it, with humans. The movie gives you a sense of what it might have been like for early humans living out in nature without the distractions of artificial lights, machinery, even language. I suspect life was pretty damned scary in the beginning, but also mind-bendingly beautiful and mysterious and maybe we actually did hear trees speak and we communicated with plants, water, insects, rocks, animals. There's a lot of talk in these reviews about the main character losing his mind due to hallucinogens - ingesting plants to communicate with plants - but another way of looking at it is that the plants he gathers allow his mind to be receptive to what's all around us all the time and that what he perceives in so big and in such stark contrast to how we normally experience the world that he cannot contain it. There's also some kind of hint when we see the other man wake up, as if Eric as taken his place in some kind of role. So, yeah, there's not much "action" in this story and it's difficult to understand why Eric feels menaced pretty much right from the beginning, but I like that the filmmakers took a stab at this notion of man being blind to the aliveness of the world around him (her) and what would happen if that blindess was "cured."
Gorgeous filmography, great casting. A wonderful dive into the man vs nature and man vs self ideology. Very picturesque; relying on well-done visuals to build the tension.
Nope. Boring, long and about trees.
It held my interest but mushrooms don't make you go crazy. The last third ruined it for me.