Thereís more than meets the eye when it comes to Dante Tomaselliís
debut. It digs deeper than the average genre flick and delivers images
straight out of your worst nightmare.
This is the kind of
film where you define the events that are taking place. The film
communicates mainly through images. Thereís so many ways you can
interpret this movie and Iím sure if you ask 5 people whoíve seen the
film what it was about, you will get 5 different answers.
Although novel, the
ambiguity of the film was for me its biggest flaw. I got lost in Tomaselliís
circus a few times and in the end I couldnít exactly tell you how all of
it happened logically. Maybe thatís the point, but a bit more support on
the directorís part towards his audience would have been appreciated.
Tomaselli fills the
film with surreal images and takes the viewer on a guided tour of hell:
possessed nun, balloon infested room, dark holes, creepy cribs, evil
clowns, eerie gifts. You want it, it's in here. I really liked how he used
"childhood" images in a scary way. It always works. Bobbiís
got one hell of a subconscious!
The filmís weakest
point would have to be: 1- The way sister Madeline dies: I wonít give it
away but the scene looks awkward and made me giggle. Could have found a
less extravagant way to off her. 2- Brother Nicolas: Heís a wonderful
character (played to a T by Lamberti) and his part in all of this is not
exactly clear. I wish he was explored more. 3- The actors: Although the
effort is obviously there, lots of the acting is on and off. The
occasional bad line delivery took me out of the film.
Overall, Desecration is
an ambitious, creepy (yes, it scared me a few times) film. Itís full of
symbolism and although I sometimes got lost in all of it, that doesnít
change the filmís power and overall feel. Some scenes screamed Argentoís
"Suspiria" and thatís one of the best compliments
I can give the film.
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