Mark (Carlos Bahos) just had a fight with his girlfriend (Leocricia
Sabán), and now he drives home a winding road he knows like the back of
his hands - which is why he allows his cellphone to distract him, which is
why he doesn't see the little girl, Rose (Natasha Machuca), on her bicycle
until way too late, which is why he hits her and ...
One dark night,
Mark breaks into the graveyard chapel to pray at Rose's coffin.
Apparently, he has somehow come off their accident scot-free while she was
less lucky, but now he is overcome by guilt. Eventually, he notices he is
not alone, as he sees a shadow of a little girl ... there is just no
little girl belonging to the shadow. There's also blood that wasn't there
a minute ago.
Mark leaves the chapel in terror, but finds the graveyard
around it has turned into a maze, a maze that changes its lay-out
consistently. Eventually, he finds Rose sitting in a corner, but dares not
come any closer or ever draw attention to himself - when a twig under his
feet breaks, which alerts Rose who disappears ... but returns, no longer
the sweet girl everyone remembers her to be, but the battered corpse the
accident has turned her into. Yet the corpse still walks towards Mark.
here to open the Spoiler Pop-up!
Basically, a spooky piece of film, The Sweet Hand of
the White Rose relies less on action as such or on plot even but
concentrates on atmosphere to bring its little story to life - and in this
case it doesn't matter that the narrative as such doesn't hold too many
surprises (at least on closer inspection), or that the imagery as such
stays firmly within traditional horror mainstays, not even that the
PSA-like final message is a bit on the blunt side, the film is just really
effective in direction and camerawork to creep you out at least a bit.
And if my review has at all caught your
interest, you can watch the film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPWcqEmSkq8