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Demon is a Polish drama film directed by Marcin Wrona who also wrote this gem.
I've been finding myself lost and seeking something to reignite my love for cinema lately and came across this 2015 Polish piece of art by Marcin.
The film is a take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk. A groom is possessed by the spirit of a woman in the midst of his own wedding celebration. That already would give you an indication of what to expect but we're given something more, the film sells itself as a horror but instead it is a powerful drama film that has threads of its country's violent past, and also I found it to be a form of escapism.
I found that the characters want to escape to the future and not look back into the past (I mean we at a wedding after all) but them doing so, they somehow avoiding the issue (the present) and the issue happens to be that the groom is now possessed. The groom is brilliantly played by Italy Tiran, who is charming when required, sweet when needed and tormented as f**k when the moment calls.
The rest of the cast are brilliant in their roles too, but the film's selling point isn't the performances of the cast but it's themes and how one chooses to interpret them. The story ends before we get a satisfying explanation, we just get pieces of a dream, hints and photographs. We are left clinging on, just like the "clinging spirit" does not let go of a marked soul.
It's a very different form of possession horror film (cause it really more of drama), and in my view it's because of it's East European cinematography. It's extremely realistic, bleak, the mud is muddy and the sky is overcast; nothing is either romanticized or glamorous, rather very raw. There's this powerful dramatic effect, cause the world where the characters live is very much 'real', never dreamy, not even for the dark supernatural world. The complex of everyday life is stressed in all its ordinary ways.
And the opening and closing of the film is some nice piece of story telling and character progression.The film opened a mini dialogue in my head about possession films.
Western possession horror films are all the same, the spirits/demons are all after the same thing, they want to cling on to the person's soul so that the body can be a vessel, thus you get the same film with a different name but same look and feel, with this film the spirit once inhabiting the mortal world, came with mortal emotions, she wasn't after revenge, she just wanted to go home and be with her family, she want violent in her conquest but somehow her being there showed us the contrast between the living and the dead, the living literally have life (the wedding) and the dead have nothing, not even time hench the spirit still thinks her family is still alive.
Such a beautiful film and my flame is burning bright again.
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