Here’s the next installment of my top 31 films since 2000.
#23. Across the River (2013)
Across the River is a weird ghost story about an ethologist, who finds himself stranded in the woods while attempting to study his animal subjects – unfortunately for him, fauna aren’t the only things running around the woods at night.
Mounted night-vision cameras, especially the one fixed to a fox, evoke The Blair Witch Project, and the endless wandering down empty, dank corridors and alleyways of an old Italian village, searching for a little girl (in this case two), reminded me of Don’t Look Now (however not nearly as good as either of these masterpieces). Roeg’s lucid-dream DLN is perhaps more on an influence in Across the River as writer/director Lorenzo Bianchini relies heavily on the paranoid impressions of a lonely frightened man to tell this story, not expositive dialogue (Hollywood take note), leaving a lot of very affecting psychological suggestion to provide the anxiety.
The make-up effects are ropy and look like something out of Star Trek TOS, but this film isn’t about that and never needs to be. It’s about atmosphere, cold, dripping wet and dark atmosphere.
Check out the trailer below and be sure to tune in tomorrow for #22.