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Life of Belle

USA 2024
directed by Shawn Robinson
starring Syrenne Robinson, Zachary Robinson, Sarah Mae Robinson, Matthew Robinson, Victor Mele, Suzanne Marie Kilborn, Sarah Flory, Lilli Albert, Kelly Black, Lyla Black
written by Shawn Robinson

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Belle (Syrenne Robinson) is a pretty happy circa 9 year old girl who wants to start her own YouTube channel sooner rather than later, who has a great playmate in her little brother Link (Zachary Robinson), and who's loved by her parents (Sarah Mae Robinson). Sure, her mum acts a tad weird on occasion, breaks out into uncontrollable sobs and is often found talking to herself in a sort of trance, but dad's always there to snap her out of it. But then dad has to go on a business trip, leaving the kids alone with mum - and at first, everything goes very alright. But after a couple of days she again starts to uncontrollably sob, even if she tries to hide it from her kids. Soon though, she's beyond hiding, and also freaks out Belle and Link by constantly talking to herself, and the content gets more worrying by the minute. Things get weirder and scarier for the children though, like when mum throws away all their food, or when she removes all the lightbulbs all over the house. Eventually, Belle and Link come to the conclusion it might be the best idea to run away from home - only they've always been such good kids, they don't really know how to go about it. Also by the time they decide, mum might already be too far gone to not be a threat to them ...


Now I have to admit the somewhat forced found footage approach to its material prevents the film to reach its full potential, as too random/shaky camerawork in connection with bad lighting at times makes things hard to make out, especially in the finale - but while for this reason Life of Belle might not be perfect, it's still a perfectly scary film, especially due to its slowburn build-up that makes the story more unnerving by the minute. Plus, the leads are all great, also the kids, and have a great dynamic with one another (probably because they're a family in real life as well. And the film's refusal to explain things away makes everything only more disturbing, and makes this a film that will stay with you for a bit, as good shockers ought to.


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