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You Won't Be Alone Review – A Captivating Horror Movie From A Great Newcomer | Horror Films

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Me Macedonian-Australian writer/director Goran Strewski’s feature film debut was instinctively mesmerizing – hair on end, eyes wide open, mouth ragged – visited by witches and cursed ones. It’s a shockingly good horror movie that deftly differentiates itself from a ton of others, including Mori. I wanted to keep as much distance between myself and the screen as possible in hopes of stopping it from going through my system.

The Australian-British-Serbian co-production resembles dark fairy tales and folklore with a narrative beat and is made with an uncompromising artist vibe that refuses to bow to outside pressure. Set in and around his 19th-century Macedonian village, the most famous actor is Noomirapas (best known as Lisbeth, the goth hacker in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as his Salander, but the lead role is now gone as the protagonist transforms. plug. Entities that assume various bodies.

The core genius of You Won’t Be Alone is that it unfolds from the perspective of this malevolent force. Her/her that her point of view tells everything without the cauldron or crooked hat in sight. This film is a funny reminder of the behavior of angels joining our human realm in Wings of Desire, directed by Wim Wenders. If Wenders’ otherworldly masterpiece descended from heaven, Stlevsky’s work comes from somewhere else, leaving a trail that cannot be dismissed as the booty of a midnight movie.

It’s visually interesting from the start, presented in a tight aspect ratio and opens with a beautiful outdoor shot with a cat in the foreground. I thought I wasted no time in being. I was wrong and right at the same time. The cat returns (we’ll explain what happened at this moment later) and the camera follows it into a nearby house. This animal acts as our guide, where we meet a newborn baby, his mother, and the dastardly hag from the Great Beyond.

This is the Old Maid Maria (Anamaria Marinca), the witch or “Wolf Eater”, who reminded us of the case when the woman in Room 237 of the Shining was soaked in acid and set on fire. Her mother asked Maria to spare Babu’s life, promising that when she turned sixteen her witch could return and retrieve her. Her old death-breath agrees, and many months later comes to collect Nevena (Sarah her climoska) and introduces her to her witch life. For example, enjoy the blood of creatures in the woods and avoid pedicures.

Nevena is unable to speak, but speaks out her feelings via a cryptic narration. This can make the movie sound silly and lofty (“Are sparrows snakes, and women bees?”). Her yearning and deep melancholy. There is reasoning that when Nevena assumes human form and experiences the humble life of a peasant, tending gardens, serving stews, etc., she wants to be something else. Because she probably feels and belongs.

However, Maria warns them not to mix with humans. The experiment won’t end well, she says. Like Ari Aster’s Hereditary (another one of her sprinting horror film debuts), the core horror of this film is the ability to escape from who or what you have become. It comes from someone or something that cannot. Stolevski cleverly creates a kind of cosmic distance, detaching his perspective from the constraints of body, gender, and even species, giving the impression of traveling far and wide into other mental realms. .

You Want to Be Alone has a feminist undercurrent, with observations of patriarchy manifesting in a way that is perfectly intimate with experience. A strange kind of eroticism also appears.It’s not sensual or completely gross, and it certainly isn’t from the male gaze. line of sight. Did the witch get upset over the excessive depictions of broomsticks and cartoon laughter and decided to take possession of Stlevsky’s body to create an artistic statement her kind would be proud of? That might help explain how he pulled it off.