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Stoker

Thriller Drama


 

After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother.

In a movie fraught with dichotomies, a mother and daughter vie for the attention mysterious uncle who is both sinister and smooth. The film is as stylish as the story is twisted. Unfortunately, the more macabre the plot becomes, the more predictable the next development is. The initially promising premise reveals itself as shallow. "Stoker" is visually stunning, almost gothic in style as is hinted at in the title, although the setting is modern day. Chilling but nothing preternatural.

Anne Murphy

MIFF 2013
99 mins