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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A QUIET PLACE PART II
ANOTHER ROUND
BINGEABLE: 100 FOOT WAVE (2021)
BINGEABLE: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (2021-present)
BINGEABLE: ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL (2022)
BINGEABLE: BARRY (2018-present)
BINGEABLE: CASTLEVANIA (2017-2021)
BINGEABLE: CHEER (2020-present)
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG (2016-2019)
BINGEABLE: INVENTING ANNA (2022)
BINGEABLE: KUNG FU (2021)
BINGEABLE: LIFE & BETH (2022)
BINGEABLE: MAID (2021)
BINGEABLE: MIDNIGHT MASS (2021)
BINGEABLE: ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING (2021)
BINGEABLE: SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE (2022-)
BINGEABLE: SQUID GAME (2021)
BINGEABLE: STATION ELEVEN (2021)
BINGEABLE: SWEET TOOTH
BINGEABLE: TELL ME YOUR SECRETS (2021)
BINGEABLE: THE GREAT (2020-present)
BINGEABLE: THE THING ABOUT PAM (2022)
BINGEABLE: THE WOMAN IN THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW (2022)
BINGEABLE: TOKYO VICE (2022)
BINGEABLE: UNDERCURRENT: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF KIM WALL (2022)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COWBOY BEBOP (1998)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX (1999)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE SHOOTING (1966)
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BOSS LEVEL
C’MON C’MON
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE
GUILTY PLEASURES: GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE
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I CARE A LOT
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
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NEW FLICKS: FINCH
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NEW FLICKS: RED NOTICE
NEW FLICKS: RIDERS OF JUSTICE
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NEW FLICKS: THE NORTHMAN
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PIG
SOUL
SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME
THE ADAM PROJECT
THE BATMAN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM (2019)
THE HARDER THEY FALL
THE LOST CITY
THE LOST DAUGHTER
THE MAP OF TINY PERFECT THINGS
THE NEW MUTANTS
THE PAPER TIGERS
THE POWER OF THE DOG
THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN
THE SUNLIT NIGHT
THE TENDER BAR
THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT
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TV REVIEW: LITTLE AMERICA
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TV REVIEW: RAMY
TV REVIEW: RUN
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TV REVIEW: THE BOYS
TV REVIEW: THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
TV REVIEW: THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
TV REVIEW: THE LAST KINGDOM
TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
TV REVIEW: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WARRIOR
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
UNDERRATED: THE KINGDOM (2007)
YOU WON’T BE ALONE

‘You Won’t Be Alone’ offers philosophical folk horror

YOU WON’T BE ALONE

PHOTO BY , COURTESY OF CAUSEWAY FILMS

YOU WON’T BE ALONE


Where is it playing?: Palm Theatre in SLO

What's it rated?: R

What's it worth?: $Full price (Anna Starkey)

What's it worth?: $Full price (Glen Starkey)

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

In his feature-length debut, writer-director Goran Stolevski helms this horror story set in a secluded 19th century Macedonian mountain village. An infant named Nevena is promised to Maria (Anamaria Marinca), a “wolfeateress” witch, upon the child’s 16th birthday. Hoping to protect her daughter from her fate, her mother (Irena Risti) locks her in a grotto, leaving her to turn nearly feral from the isolation. The plan fails and the witch returns to claim the young woman (Sara Klimoska), turning her into a witch and teaching her how to inhabit the bodies of her victims. Fascinated about the human life she was denied, the new witch inhabits a series of people, learning what it means to be human. (in old Macedonian; 108 min.)

Glen: Stolevski is surely a student of Terrance Malick’s films. He approaches this story in the same meandering way, with close-ups of faces, a deep fascination and examination of the natural world, and a Mark Bradshaw soundtrack that sounds like the atmospheric music Malick would use. Even though this is billed as a horror film and includes some very grisly gore, this is a meditation on what it means to be human, societal gender roles, and the rewards of being moral. When Nevena inhabits Bosilka (Noomi Repace), she discovers women’s second-class status, inhabiting a man she learns of toxic male preference, and as a young girl she learns of parental love. Maria thought she had bargained for a companion, but Nevena lacks the old witch’s bitterness and is a disappointment to her. Maria also wonders at Nevena’s ability to inhabit humans without being discovered as an imposter—something she tried but clearly couldn’t do. This is a different sort of horror film from the typical. For comparison’s sake, think Lars von Trier’s Antichrist (2009), Robert Eggers’ The Witch (2015), or Ari Aster’s Hereditary (2018) or Midsommar (2019). It’s not going to appeal to everyone, but I found it fascinating and beautifully crafted. 

Anna: The language and translation is also really interesting. Narrated by Nevena—who is mute after Maria takes her tongue as a baby—it’s lyrical and poetic, like water washing over pebbles and roots down a meandering stream. It offers a fascinating perspective on the world from someone who was denied it. The film is gruesome and visceral in many moments—I definitely covered my eyes in a few scenes of animal slaughter—but certainly a different kind of horror film nonetheless. When Nevena sees how Maria shape-shifts, she realizes that there’s opportunity for her to experience life not as an exile, but as part of a community. The brutality of society is at times just as ugly as Maria’s wretched soul, but Nevena manages to learn through all of it—both the pleasantries of life and the incredible pain humanity holds as well. Later in the film we learn how Maria came to be in the form she is now—a monstrous creature full of vindictive jealousy. She can’t understand why the world has accepted Nevena in her various forms, and she is determined to ruin any and every life Nevena tries to lead besides one as an outcast like Maria. This may be one of those films that’s “a little too weird” for some, but I’m with you. I thought it was wonderfully executed.

Glen: Maria is positively loathsome, and even after we learn of her backstory, I still couldn’t conjure much empathy. She’s mean to the bone. Nevena, on the other hand, even though she’s killing people, is very worthy of empathy. The reason she can pass as a human is because somewhere inside her humanity still exists. The film’s title is fitting. Maria is cursed to walk the world alone because she’s unworthy of companionship. She has nothing to give but desolation. Through inhabiting others, Nevena learns to love, and in doing so, she earns the joy of fellowship. The film closes with a heart-tugging jolt and maybe a small hope that Maria’s cruel legacy may come to a close.

Anna: While Maria seems to kill for the joy of it, Nevena stumbles into the bodies she inhabits out of self-preservation and accidents. She isn’t cruel for the sake of cruelty like Maria, instead soft and childlike in her core. While her mother may have been trying to protect her, the damages of Nevena’s isolation leave her vulnerable and scared. All she wants is a chance to live life again in a way that bonds her to those around her, but Maria can’t stand the idea of Nevena’s happiness. She’s evil through and through, a very easy villain to hate. It’s just a haunting tale overall. If you enjoyed the films Glen mentioned above, catch this one at the Palm—it is well worth a watch.

New Times Senior Staff Writer Glen Starkey and freelancer Anna Starkey write Sun Screen. Glen compiles streaming listings. Comment at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.










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What type of vegetable would you grow in a free community garden?

Brussel Sprouts, they are the best.
Broccoli because it can go with any meal.
Tomatoes, although I think those are technically a fruit.
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