First of all, I have to start off by praising Veronika Franz. Her work is incredible. She is the reason I was most interested in seeing the film and she didn’t disappoint. I love her work from the Paradise Trilogy to Goodnight Mommy. Veronika has been behind some of my favorite films. And this year she has created the best film I have seen so far this year. As the director and screenwriter of The Lodge, she may have created her best work to date.
The story is about a family who is reeling to deal with the most tragic event a family can deal with. The suicide of the matriarch. Her death and the impact it has on everyone is devastating. This story is told with incredible pacing and conviction. Veronika crazy something so beautiful. I am on the record for saying one of my favorite sub-genres in horror is the lady going crazy. We this film is a twist on that genre but with the added religious context. Which I am incredibly afraid of in real life. The power of faith has the power to break the strongest person and shape societies. So what happens when the person is weak and the family binds are broken? This film explores that with horrifying results.
The standout aspect of this movie is the confusion of the protagonist and antagonist. The blending of the character’s station throughout the film was so fluid and unsettling, to say the least. This film is outstanding. I know it is early, but it is going to be hard to knock this film down the list at the end of the year. I will write a post-discussion about this film after its home release. Until then enjoy the scary lodge in the snowy winter tale. It is great!!!
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