I can almost guarantee somewhere down the line THE LOVE WITCH is going to be studied. It’s going to be that really weird one you watch on your film course in order to write an equally weird essay neither you nor your lecturer will fully understand. From the perfectly-pitched melodramatic performances, enhanced colours, sumtous costumes and pristine photography, it absolutely knows what it is. It won’t be for everyone though; you really have to lean into the schlocky tone as much as the film itself does (think Hammer Horror by way of late 60s B-Movies). The performances played in this style are good, especially from lead Samantha Robinson. Writer-director Anna Biller also impresses with her sure vision in this, only her second feature as director. It’ll be fascinating to see what Biller does next, hopefully continuing to plow her own very unique furrow. SSP
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