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Abject
The House is Made of Flesh and My Mouth is the Door

USA 2022
produced by
David R. Williams for Razor Wire Alchemy
directed by David R. Williams
starring Helena Simon, Joe Gallagher, Andy Rich, Clementine Jane Simpson
written by David R. Williams, Constanza Bongiorni, music by Frederic Mauerhofer, Stephen Rosenthal, special makeup effects by Roy Knyrim/SOTA FX

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Ever since they've lost their daughter (Clementine Jane Simpson) in an accident, a husband (Joe Gallagher) and his wife (Helena Simon) can't see eye to eye with one another anymore - so a couples therapy seems to be the logical step to take. And their therapist is nothing if not radical in his suggestion to remedy the situation: A couples retreat, only the two of them in a very roomy home in the middle of nowhere, with no internet or cellphone service, but wonderful nature all around - and as a special catalysator, the good doctor also hands them psychotropic pills, to take one a day to really get things moving. But once out couple is at the retreat, one's quick to notice their relationship has been broken long before the loss of their daughter, and the two hardly ever want the same things anymore seemingly out of spite - they can't even agree on whether or not to take the pills the doctor has ordered. As a consequence, things quickly get out of order, and confessions from both parties lead to violence and murder - but how much is true when both partners might or might not have been under the influence?

 

Now admittedly, above synopsis is much too factual to do Abject any actual justice, as the film rather masterfully switches between different layers of reality, is often more associative than chronological in approach, and rather nicely works haunted house mainstays into the plot without them feeling stale or out of place. On top of that, the film makes very nice use of its almost artsy main location, incorporatint its style into the narration rather beautifully. And an able, relatable skeleton cast playing out a beneath all its oddness relatable screenplay helps making this a very cool and rather unique piece of genre cinema.

 

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