A modern fable about a demonic dress is both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply disturbing.
A divorced woman in her forties buys a bright red dress for a blind date. But strange events start to happen and when she brings it to the charity shop, it is picked up by a washing machine mechanic who also falls under its spell.
In his latest film, British director Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy) uses his obsessive attention to detail to create a vague 80’s era, inspired by giallo, with analogue machines and other outdated paraphernalia. He populates it with bizarre characters, like a sales woman who utters strange sentences with a thick Eastern European accent and two bosses from hell. Even more unusual are the demonic qualities of the dress itself. But it’s really the sum of these parts that creates something far bigger: a nightmarish world that is often laugh-out-loud funny and deeply unsettling at the same time.
|Cast||Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hayley Squires, Leo Bill, Julian Barratt|
This film is participating in the competition for Méliès d'argent