Glasgow Film Festival 2015: Spring
The sophomore feature from directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, Spring is a body horror tale for the hopeless romantic.
Stuck in a personal tailspin after his mother dies, Evan (the charismatic Pucci) flees the US to Italy on a whim. Ending up in an ancient Mediterranean village near Mount Vesuvius, he sparks up a romance with a beautiful genetics student, Louise (Hilker, also great), who harbours dark secrets verging on the primordial, involving strange recurring lesions and a habit of transforming into various monstrosities. And yet Evan, believing he has found the love of his life in this foreign fling, carries on in his pursuit. In a way, it’s like H.P. Lovecraft’s Before Sunrise.
Spring is a beguiling, intimate, sexy and funny work of strange, dark whimsy that seduces even when venturing down the eventual exposition route for its icky mysteries. And even then it still maintains unpredictability and sticks the landing for a great finish, anchored by winning chemistry from its central pair.