Mandy (2018)

Mandy
Director: Panos Cosmatos
Writer: Panos Cosmatos, Aaron Stewart-Ahn
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy, Olwen Fouéré, Richard Brake, Bill Duke
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 20.9.2018
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Plot:
Red (Nicolas Cage) and Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) couldn’t be happier with each other. They live remotely and they live mostly for each other. But their intense togetherness is not only disrupted, it is destroyed when Mandy catches the eye of Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache), the leader of a local cult. Jeremiah shows up at Red and Mandy’s home ready to do everything to get Mandy to himself.

Mandy starts off well enough, but after the first hour or so, I lost interest in it. It’s intriguing, and as an opening to this year’s /slash Filmfestival it was well-chosen, but it just didn’t work all the way through.

The film poster all in red hues, showing various of the film's characters.
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Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

Beyond the Black Rainbow
Director: Panos Cosmatos
Writer: Panos Cosmatos
Cast: Eva Allan, Michael Rogers, Scott Hylands, Marilyn Norry
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Elena (Eva Allan) is being kept in Arboria, a 1980s commune. She is the subject of experiments by Barry Nyle (Michael Rogers) who basically runs Arboria, since its founder Mercurio Arboria (Scott Hylands) grew too old. Elena shows supernatural abilities, but there’s generally more to the commune than one might think at first. Despite being under sedation, Elena attempts an escape.

At the beginning of the movie I thought it was utter crap, but really beautiful stuff. Then there were 20 really strong minutes and as I was about to revise my opinion about the whole thing, it turned absolutely ridiculous. What is it with films and endings that just don’t work out?

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