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 drive her to the brink of insanity and murder.
Samantha Robinson, Elle Evans, Jeffrey Vincent Parise
"The Love Witch" (2016 release; 120 min.) brings the story of Elaine, the self-proclaimed "love witch". As the movie opens, we see Elaine, in a bright red dress, driving her bright red Mustang convertible, on her way to a friend's apartment (turns out Elaine's luggage is also bright red). It's not long before we realize that after Elaine's husband Jerry left her "I died but then I was reborn as a witch", and now Elaine uses love potions in her quest to attract Mr. Charming. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately for us the viewers), these love potions are at times too strong. At this point we are not even 15 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
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!
Really well done. Despite the negative image given to witches in this , I still thoroughly enjoyed the film. Make-up was spot on! Clothes and sets were beautiful. the lead was great, some of the male actors not so much. Like the story and wish there were more films like this one.
This film is based on the past but filmed in 2016. This film is supposed to be exaggerated and in a good way it's supposed to be bad. It's fun, strange and different. I highly recomend get featured and watching this film alone and you'll love it! I give it an 8 outta 10!
This was a very good movie. Very aesthetically pleasing. The concepts become more clear as the movie goes on. It's a good satire film, and a good film for cultural history buffs. I would definitely show this to friends and watch it again.
True to the title, the main character is a love witch causing trouble—and death—in a farcical 60s-esque milieu. She then falls in love with the very detective who is investigating one of her crimes. By the end of the film, the detective--like a skeptical viewer of this film--has grown tired of the silly immoral games and wants solid justice. Who will win--harsh literalism or nostalgic insane fantasy? Watch and find out!
This movie is gorgeous. First of all, Samantha Robinson is absolutely beautiful. Each second she is on the screen you cant help to feel hypnotized by her beauty. Her acting is so so, but i think is part of the charm of the movie, dare i say is on purpose. It really takes you back to a time where movies where a dream like experience. Anna Biller is without a doubt a great film maker and artist.