Review in Brief: Relic (2020)

RELIC is an oppressively creepy, deeply moving horror from already-distinct Australian filmmaking voice Natalie Erika James. Kay (Emily Mortimer) along with her daughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) goes looking for her missing dementia-suffering mother (Robyn Nevin) but when she reappears apparently fine and lucid things start to take a turn for the strange. The unsettled characters, the mouldering, shifting environment and the sinister unknowability of external tormentors makes for the perfect dementia parable. The imagery of the film’s creepy and surreal final stretch involving invasive mould, endless cluttered corridors and peeling flesh will stay with you for a long time, whatever the hell it really means. That’s the message here: don’t expect answers but do expect to be hypnotised, haunted and affected in profound and unexpected ways. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourite filmmakers include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Clio Barnard, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Verhoeven, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works written and owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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