Directed by Marcin Wrona
A bridegroom is possessed by an unquiet spirit in the midst of his own wedding celebration, in this clever take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk.
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★★★★½ review by Matt Singer on Letterboxd
The lead actor here, Itay Tyran, is worthy of year-end awards. (Don't be surprised if he turns up on my best actor ballot on various critics polls.) And there is only one shot in this movie I dislike, a cutesy homage to a classic horror movie that diminishes the gravity of what's transpired. It turns a ghastly tragedy into just another horror movie. Without that shot, Demon stand entirely on its own as a howl of pain into the unfeeling void.
★★★★½ review by F3lixL3g1ons on Letterboxd
The Dybbuk strikes again — this time in the midst of a Polish wedding celebration. Clearly, this is a love it or hate it film. I love it! Fair warning here: Demon will probably only appeal if, like me, you can appreciate a light-hearted mix of vintage mystery, Jewish folklore and Polanski-ish tone!
HYPNOTIZING in its mild surrealism. DARING in its soft genre-bending. CHARMING in its Eastern European spirit.
★★★★ review by Marianna Neal on Letterboxd
A very smart film that requires at least some knowledge of Polish WWII history and the ties it has to modern day Poland. A lot of people were thrown off by the ambiguous ending, but once the allegory is clear the ending becomes much less ambiguous. On the surface, Demon is a slow-burn, beautifully-shot, atmospheric and creepy possession film, but really it's so much more than that!
★★★★½ review by Waldo on Letterboxd
Zaneta and Piotr don't know each other very well but they love each other and they're gonna get married. They already have a great old house that's a fixer upper, the wedding reception will take place there, everyone's invited to this party, only Piotr the night before discovers by accident a pile of human bones out in the yard and he'll start feeling like a total stranger at his own wedding. Soon the whole wedding reception will descend into chaos and then straight to hell. The director Wrona did a fantastic job crafting a haunting tale of possession that looks like something out of Dante's inferno. Too bad the director killed himself shortly after this movie. A little horror masterpiece.
★★★★ review by Laura Saladino on Letterboxd
I don't quite know what...
But I liked it.
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