Luz: The Flower of Evil review – arty horror strangely mutes its women

Colombian horror a couple of micro-cult is relatively too interested by the barbarity of its chief, relatively than the daughters he has hidden from the arena

This daring and annoying arthouse horror from first-time function director Juan Diego Escobar Alzate feels adore it may well be set someday within the 19th century. It’s a couple of tiny spiritual cult primarily based within the wildly stunning Colombian mountains: the crowd’s chief is El Señor (Conrado Osorio), a farmer who seems like a cowboy within the Clint Eastwood mildew, with a macho growl; his trio of daughters put on frontier prairie attire. However we will have to be nearer to the current day: in an early scene the eldest, 23-year-old Laila (Andrea Esquivel), brings him a 1980s cassette participant that she has discovered within the woods and she or he is spellbound via this unknown contraption. El Señor says the satan lurks within.

It’s an intriguing set-up, and cinematographer Nicolás Caballero Arenas shoots the plush panorama via what seems like a trippy clear out; blazing sunsets and garish rainbows give the movie a quasi-fairytale, nearly surreal really feel. El Señor has raised his daughters in general lack of know-how of the arena outdoor their group of a dozen or so. However the movie is depressingly skinny at the ladies; steadily it sort of feels extra considering arranging them in arty tableaux than investigating the best way that isolation has formed their personalities and the way they see the arena. The wafty Terrence Malick-ish voiceover written for Laila doesn’t precisely fill within the mental gaps.

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