Indie horror auteurs Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead follow up their post-modern head-fuck Resolution with this masterful romantic monster mash.
Following the loss of both his parents and his crappy bar job, Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) jumps on the first flight out of California and finds himself in a gorgeous Italian coastal town. There he meets enigmatic siren Louise (Nadia Hilker), whose monstrous secret twists their whirlwind romance into something far stranger.
Expertly fusing disparate genres and aesthetics, Benson and Moorhead have crafted a work of pure magic with Spring. The film is exquisitely shot and edited, with the spectacular sweeps of the Italian coast and a woozy focus perfectly reflecting the heady daze of a budding summer romance.
But what really holds the film together is the deftly written relationship between the central couple, brought to authentic life by the two leads. It’s this genuine chemistry, and the moments of wicked humour peppered throughout, that anchor the film when things start to get very weird indeed.
Spring is boldly original, stunningly beautiful and emotionally intelligent flmmaking, the summer to Let the Right One In’s winter, and a wildcard for all those Best of the Year lists.
Let the Right One In (Swedish: Låt den rätte komma in) is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson, based on the 2004 novel of the same title by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay. The film tells the story of a bullied 12-year-old boy who develops a friendship with a vampire child in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm, in the early 1980s. Alfredson, unconcerned with the horror and vampire conventions, decided to tone down many elements of the novel and focus primarily on the relationship between the two main characters. Selecting the lead actors involved a year-long process with open castings held all over Sweden. In the end, the 11-year-olds Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson were chosen for the leading roles. They were subsequently commended by both Alfredson and film reviewers for their performances.
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