Watching it in a theatre resounding with sighs and sniffs. By the end I was just sobbing into my hands and had to go wash my face in the sink just make a decent showing of myself. It’s about a family divided during the Cultural Revolution in China, trying to heal in the aftermath. It’s the kind of movie that doesn’t mess around, you want to greet in the first 10 minutes, if you’re like me you’ll be greeting by the end of the first half hour, and you’ll just greet continuously for the remainder of the two hours. DO NOT let the chance to see this go by you.
God, they really take care of you when you go to a FrightFest movie, I feel like a VIP.
I wanted to see this coz pretty much every film is made in New Zealand but how many have you seen actually set there? Especially pre-colonial? For that reason, a by-the-numbers boy-avenged-his-father plot remains engaging because it’s in the larger framework of a world we never see. Very much enjoyed it.
This was my most looked forward to film of the festival, with an opening line in the blurb of ” In the fictitious Iranian ghost town, a lonely, hijab-wearing female vampire stalks the streets by night in search of prey.” And I fucking loved it! It had me from the very first scene of a James Dean look-a-like stealing a cat. This film was SO for me!
One scene was of a doofus dressed as Dracula, high on MDMA, staring at a streetlamp as a vampire skateboards by him. LOVED it.
Coming out of Limited Partnership howling and greeting, as are most of the audience. One of those films that make you realise what a debt people like me, who’ve had it so easy, owe to those that have come before and had to fight for every little thing.