Woah, this might be the psychological thriller of the year that’s perfect for today’s time. How can one really leave their grief behind? Is a person fully allowed to begin a new chapter in life or are they forever attached to their past?
These questions are answered here and more questions you will find yourself asking when the credits roll. One person once said it’s better to have more questions than answers when you leave a movie so you can continue the conversation. With that in mind, this is what Relic succeeds in spades.
The synopsis isn’t exactly a cheerful one as illustrated before with my sentiments but it’s one of the more important films of the year.
”When elderly mother Edna (Robyn Nevin) inexplicably vanishes, her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) rush to their family’s decaying country home, finding clues of her increasing dementia scattered around the house in her absence. After Edna returns just as mysteriously as she disappeared, Kay’s concern that her mother seems unwilling or unable to say where she’s been clashes with Sam’s unabashed enthusiasm to have her grandma back. As Edna’s behavior turns increasingly volatile, both begin to sense that an insidious presence in the house might be taking control of her. All three generations of women are brought together through trauma and a powerful sense of strength and loyalty to face the ultimate fear together.”
The performances should be talked about in the genre community for years to come. Robyn Nevin gives what is arguably the performance of her career. Grappling with her grief in this creepy atmospheric flick that will crawl underneath your skin and will never leave. Like a tick, it will have you itching for more. With a tight runtime under 90 minutes, it could have been much longer and just as satisfying.
Many times this year I’ve reviewed movies that seemed to have suffered by its runtime overstaying its welcome or messing with it’s pacing. Relic avoiding all of those issues here and really succeeded in what could be one of the best horror films of the year.