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Resurrection is another shining moment for Rebecca Hall

In her latest headlining role, actress Rebecca Hall makes a return to the world of the spooky with the film Resurrection from IFC films. In this follow-up to his 2012 debut Nancy, Please, Andrew Seman pens the script and directs the film.

The film's narrative conjured up a story about a roommate from hell, whereas Seaman's approach to the story in Resurrection takes a different line. First, let's start with the premise of his drama/horror flick: Margaret (Rebecca Hall) has a daughter who's almost nineteen years old, a successful career, and a romantic life independent of her parents.

While she is entirely devoted to her, she benefits from that devotion. As a result of the unexpected encounter with David (Tim Roth), the woman is forced to face horrible traumas from her dark past, which plunges her into a spiral of insecurity that will make her make extreme choices. It is evident in Semans' screenplay that he has taken the time to develop a realistic and plausible not only elegant but also angular and disturbing in the body language of Rebecca Hall. Thus, Hall continues to show why she is one of the best actresses working today.

In addition to her physical transformation, she also undergoes a psychological regression towards her primitive, almost ancestral fears and instincts. These fears and instincts could have been left unsubstantiated if the script had been less carefully crafted. It is even more painful and honest to deal with the physical and psychological unraveling of the past. Especially when the horrors of the past return in full force.

Resurrection is a film that, on the other hand, creates a plausible narrative without divulging too much about the actual events that transpired. There is no doubt that Margaret's relationship with her torturer, a mellifluous Tim Roth, is firmly anchored in the fascinating foundations of psychological terror from the very first frame. Aside from logic and truth, one also needs to accept irrationality in this film universe. This angle is the side of this film universe that is unknown, along with logic and truth.

As the film recovers from its precarious balance, Resurrection succeeds in its attempt to come up with an ending that coherently explodes all that has been built up until it penetrates the audience's emotional fabric with an uncommon level of expressive (as well as visual) power.

In the highest sense of the word, we are disturbed by the content of this film. In other words, this is a film that demands you to begin by feeling it. Then, it would be best if you thought about it. It is a film that suspends reality and nightmare, capable of leaving the viewer with a sense of healthy uncertainty. In essence, Resurrection is what psychological horror is supposed to be. And that, my friends, is a dark room with a deforming mirror, ready to give us the terror of seeing the most hidden version of ourselves.

Final Grade: B+

Resurrection is in limited theaters now and also available On-Demand.


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