Sorceress has been compared to the award-winning Swedish horror film "Let the Right One In". This is a beautiful, haunting story about Nina who desperately longs for someone to share her secrets with. But will love be enough to break the dark forces of sorcery lying dormant in her family for generations?
I give away some of the story line so... Spoiler Alert, maybe? It's drawn out story about a young woman--Nina--whose mother thought she was a sorceress (not a witch--a sorceress. Reckon there's a difference). Mom was institutionalized, then slit her wrists. We know nothing more of Mom than that. Zero on Dad. Daughter, Nina--American--is sent to Russia or an Eastern European country to live with her fairly unsavory and backwards aunt and her...boyfriend? Husband? Ew. He's a creep. Aunt is no bargain, either.
Nina feels awkard in her position, of course. She works in a library and meets Katya there. Katya comes on strong--Nina is drawn to her.
Nina is hung up on the astronomer and sorcerer--Giordano Bruno from 1580. He was burned at the stake and she quotes him a lot. Nina lives in her head a lot regarding Bruno and the strange things her mother taught her. She believes 'them'--the world--hates 'us'--sorceresses/ers/witches. That part is a terrible truth and Nina fears much of the world because of it. She feels she has to hide herself.
Lesbian relationship with Katya. It goes wrong. Nina weathers that pretty well, you think. Maybe not--can't tell. Lots of staring at the sky and clouds for about two minutes after Katya gives Nina the boot. Despair? Calling down a curse on Katya? Dunno.
Some time later Nina has a concert that is...well...gawdawful. Dreadful song, lyrics, voice... But she's in concert. Hopefully for deaf people. Former lover, Katya, attends--praises her--asks how she's doing. Nina is not doing well, Katya finds out, but Nina is extremely upbeat about it--it seems. Nina simply cannot find peace with her secret life as a sorceress and with life in general. And... IS Nina a sorceress? Was Mom? I find it possible that Nina's whole schtick about being a sorceress is a big fib. Her aunt only says, 'She's just like her mother' but she never mentions why. Was her mother a sorceress? Or was this some convoluted way for Nina to cope with her mother exiting life and leaving a lonely, frightened daughter behind?
What is the point of all this? Well, Katya found out that strange, tragic people live in this world and they put your own universe out of whack when you meet them. And, moms who are nutcases and fill their children's heads with bad stuff traumatize their children. That's what I got out of it. I'm no critic about the acting.
This was an interesting movie if you're into cerebral explorations of the intersections between magical realities and mental illness. I enjoyed it. It was an extremely quiet movie of grey cold settings and intimate moments. I don't want to call it slow- though its movement again is on a cerebral rather than event based level and I do think the average viewer would call it slow. I don't think so- was interesting solid 3 stars.
This movie may have a similar bleakness and claustrophobia to "Let the Right One In", but that's where the comparison ends for me.
This film is a slow and subtle ride - and frankly, not much seems to happen. At least not on the surface. There's a message here about magic and reality. And time. And the point of existence. And what it means to belong.
If super heroes were real - might they just be bored and disillusioned? Maybe they'd find (like jaded rock stars) that their powers are useless in getting what they really need from life. And if sorcerers were real, they might be more like the troubled woman in this film - than Harry Potter.
Acting, cinematography and all else were really well done. Enough to keep me watching. And the message (and I'm not completely sure what it is) is forceful enough to stay on my mind, and keep me thinking. I'll be interested to see what else comes from this director.
Deceptive Advertising..... SORCERESS-- IS IN NO WAY COMPARATIVE TO ....."Let The Right One In"... Let The Right One In... is a masterpiece in my humble opinion -- It grips you and doesn't let go til the very last word. Let The Right One In....Will forever be indelibly etched in my psyche/mind.... Memorable Film!!
Kay sera sera. Is that all there is? the acting was ok, better than most art fart films. I kept waiting for something to develop beside the 'I'm so lonely/No one understands me' crap that all teenagers go through and all screen performers never seem to grow out of. Where was the unusual? A hinting of supernatural that never manifests itself except in the mind of the protagonist. A referral to "Let the right One In"?. No way, watch that movie and you'll see what I mean. Some movies have great ideas and poor follow through: this is the opposite. Poor idea with good acting, directing and film work. This would be great to watch while stuck in an elevator.
Right off the bat the comparison to a movie like "Let the Right one In" was fairly generous , the acting was acceptable (considering the small budget I assumed they had) and they had some really great shots of the starry skies but that's about all this movie as to offer. Underneath it all it's trying to make a content on awakening to one's sexuality and possibly the nature of what it means to be mentally ill but it all falls short due to the paper thin story they went with. Sorry Nina you're just crazy.