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The Korean Chan Wook Park directs this psychological thriller from 2013, Wook is known in the West for his film Oldboy. The film tells the story of India Stoker a teenager that on her birthday number 18 loses her father in an automobile accident, and with this she has to be cared by her mother, during the funeral arrives Charlie Stoker the uncle of India who she never knew because he was always traveling around the world, Charlie decides to stay a season to accompany his niece and sister in law during their grief, in this time desires and secrets of the family will come to light and this will change their lives forever.
This is a splendid story, more than good is different, this makes it very valuable for a viewer tired of seeing the same plots over and over again. The suspense and dark psychology line of the script is marchless ‘cause is real suspense, this not depends on a silence followed by an horrendous face that jumps to the screen…is the legitimate suspense where is not predictable what would happen.
The cast is forceful: Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode. Kidman surprised again with a role that allows us to foresee the misgivings and frustrations with life, added to that faces a reawakening that allows the character to view the situations with clarity, excellent interpretation. Mia Wasikowska embodies perfectly the mystery personality, however this is an actress who starts to be under suspicion: the roles she choose are always verging on the freaky, it would be ideal to see her performing a normal person to vary. Goode shines with his multifaceted interpretation of Charlie Stoker: is seductive, warm and cold, peaceful and violent, in other words a convincing performance worthy of remembering.
Photography and art direction of Stoker have a 10! The colors are in total harmony with the history, many scene compositions seem works of art; the costumes and locations are accurate and loaded with symbolism, some critics haven’t done wrong comparing it with Hitchcock movies.
Highly recommended the soundtrack by Clint Mansell: diverse and categorical.
Zerorojo recommends it! Has too many good points to be ignored! Who enjoys the thrillers will find it original, who enjoys photography will find a particular magic difficult to ignore and even music has charm, but before all that this is not the same movie as always and that gives it tons of added value!