1h 36m Horror
Living on an island off the Cornish coast, a wildlife volunteer's daily observations of a rare flower takes a dark turn into the strange and metaphysical, forcing her to question what is real and what is a nightmare. This provocative and masterful vision of horror asserts Mark Jenkin as one of the U.K.'s most exciting and singular filmmakers.
Mary Woodvine, Edward Rowe, Flo Crowe
- "The witchy atmosphere Jenkin conjures is spine-tinglingly devilish, the poetic manifestation of the subject’s deep grief, ever-ambiguous and frosty, taking on the aching melancholy of loss."
- The Playlist
- "Shot by Jenkin on 16mm color negative with a 1970s clockwork Bolex and scored with post-synch sound, the film looks and sounds as a relic unearthed from one of the island’s caves. A chest stashed with stories in turns seductive and chilling, woven into a tale that will keep on unfurling, in an endless and confounding maze."
- The Film Stage
Its respect for a certain enigmatic filmic tradition -- expressed more plangently by its bygone, tactile fetishism than any prosaic ideas on history, identity, or mortality -- makes for a solid enough foundation."
- Adam Nayman
- "With almost no dialog at all, the film carefully builds an unnerving ambience that's loaded with freaky implications as well as some colourful historical details."
- Shadows on the Wall
- "Rather bold, brittle and beguiling."
- Radio Times
- "Mystifying weirdness on a Cornish island fills this spine-chiller."
- Sunday Times (UK)
- "Using bold compositions featuring many close-up’s, Jenkin directs your attention to motifs in the protagonist’s environment which later all turn into objects haunted by memory."
- Awards Daily
- "Jenkin's style is so unusual, so unadorned, it feels almost like a manuscript culture of cinema. There is real artistry in it."
- The Guardian
- Cannes Film Festival
- Melbourne Int'l Film Festival
- Helsinki Int'l Film Festival
- Bergen Int'l Film Festival
- Vienna Int'l Film Festival
- St. Louis Int'l Film Festival
- Red Sea Int'l Film Festival
- Geneva Int'l Film Festival
- Cork Int'l Film Festival
- Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival
- BFI London Film Festival
- New York Film Festival
- Sitges Film Festival
- and more...