The Love Witch [Blu-ray]
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Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However, her spells work too well, leaving her with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will driver her to the brink of insanity and murder. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the 60s, THE LOVE WITCH explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.
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Couple of comments: first and foremost, this movie is nothing short of a labor of love from Anna Biller, who previously brought us "Viva". Let me count the ways: Biller writes, produces, directs, designs the costumes and set, and composes the original score for this. So yes, this is an "Anna Biller Production" from A to Z. Here Biller uses witchcraft and femininity to bring a visually rich, even at times over-stimulating, story about "women empowerment". Even though the movie is set in today, the movie's tone, style and overall vibe is deeply rooted in the 60s. The photography's color palette is deeply striking as well, where bright colors are jumping at you. I must admit that during the first 20-15 min., it all seemed like a giant pastiche or send-up of 1960s movies (not unlike the Austin Powers movies), but once you get beyond the initial surprise, the movie actually settles and is far deeper than just a joke or a send-up (even if you'll find that plentiful in the movie of course). Special kudos to Ms, Biller for the exquisite set designs, in particular keeping in mind this movie was made for a nickel and a dime (certainly by Hollywood standards). My comments would be incomplete without mentioning the outstanding performance by Samantha Robinson (whom I was not familiar with before this) in the title role. Beware: there is quite a bit of nudity in the film, so if that bothers you, you may wish to stay away from this movie. Bottom line: I can honestly tell you that this movie is one of the more unique films I've seen this year, but "The Love Witch" delivers, and then some.
I had seen the trailer for this, and "The Love Witch" in early December had a two week run at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati. The Sunday early evening screening where I saw this at was attended so-so (about 10 people altogether), but those who were there clearly enjoyed it quite a bit, with frequent laughing and hollering (especially from the women in the audience!). If you are in the mood for a truly unique film that is "way out there", if not beyond that, I might suggest you check this out, be it in the theater, on Amazon Instant Video, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray. "The Love Witch" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Basically, this is a love story that went awry.
The film is not really trying to be campy; it does try too hard to be a copy of the 60’s making style with a few computers and cell phones tossed in.
The film works best with the fast forward button.
The only redeeming value is the voice over interview that explains what they are trying to accomplish.
Do not worry about the nasty scenes as they are not really that bad or long.
The only feature is the filming locations and architecture.
Eureka, California, USA
Arcata, California, USA
Arcata Plaza, Arcata, California, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Unless you have time on your hands this is a good one to pass up.
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