Observance Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Observance

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence, sex and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    It's here.

  • Starring:

    Lindsay Farris, Stephanie King, Brendan Cowell, John Jarratt, Benedict Hardie, Tom O'Sullivan, Roger Ward, Gabriel Dunn

  • Directed by:

    Joseph Sims-Dennett

  • Running time:

    90 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Suicide attempt (wrist-slicing). People are followed, watched, manhandled, scalded, grabbed, run at, slapped, trapped, tackled, face-grabbed, hit with objects. Break-and-enter. A man puts bait on a hook in close-up. Object knocked over. Arguing, yelling. Strangled her, committed suicide mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses, parts of body seen in water (drowning implied), photos of corpses (very bloody). Bloody thumb, objects, clothing, eyeball, face, nose, head, hand, wrist. Dripping/smeared blood. Scars, burns, torn/peeling face. Animal corpse, loose eyeballs. Child seen with blackened eyes (dream sequence). Broken neck mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple have bedroom sex. A man watches internet porn, masturbates. Kissing (photo). Nude woman (rear and side views). Low-cut gown, cleavage. Man in shower (no genitals seen), woman in nightgown, woman in towel. Shirtless man. Mistress mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, s-words, a-word. P*ss. Religious reference.

  • THEMES:

    Private investigating, voyeurism, phone-tapping, spying, death of a child, grief, reporting, fever, suicide, debt, ringing phones, relationships, engagement, sanity, paranoia, hallucinations, tragedy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead child, estranged wife, dead fiance. Abortion mentioned. Buzzing insects, rat, dogs, unknown creature swimming in liquid, fishing, dead worms, animal head. Weird black goo, unexplained thumps/activity/voices/visions/moving objects. Spitting, vomiting. Toilet. Vision under end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Effective, surreal, impressive, admirable, abstract, intense, atmospheric, creepy, ambiguous, simmering, stylish, odd, polished, refreshing, supernatural, solid, unsettling, chilling, disturbing, dread-inducing, unnerving, gripping, suffocating, paranoid, claustrophobic, twitchy, icky, low-budget. Solid performances, creative/remarkable/phenomenal/original/menacing/terrific sound design, striking/beautiful imagery, good/promising build-up, jagged approach to narrative, obscure/cryptic sequences, grand ideas/execution, dramatic footage of the sea.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Incoherent, muddled, vague, disappointing, frustrating. Distracting/bad accents, tired gimmick, confounding plot, little sense of urgency, WTF ending.

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