“You Gained’t Be Alone,” the ravishing, wildly unique first function from Goran Stolevski, strikes so hypnotically between dream and nightmare, horror and fairy story that, as soon as sure by its spell, you gained’t wish to be freed.
Set in a mountain village in Nineteenth-century Macedonia and drawing on regional folklore, Stolevski’s supremely assured script facilities on Nevena (Sara Klimoska), an harmless younger lady pushed by an intense curiosity. To guard her from an historical witch (Anamaria Marinca) who lusts after the blood of newborns, Nevena’s mom had hidden her in a cave from delivery till her sixteenth birthday. When the witch returns on that date and abducts Nevena — having rendered her mute in infancy — the younger lady embarks on an astonishing, shape-shifting journey of loss of life and discovery.
Unwaveringly dedicated to its singular imaginative and prescient, and softened by Matthew Chuang’s lushly seductive photos, “You Gained’t Be Alone” ponders multiple existential query. How ought to we perceive human nature once we’ve by no means been nurtured? Delicate scraps of narration, poetic and wonder-filled, enable us to glimpse Nevena’s ideas as she unintentionally kills a village lady (Noomi Rapace), opens her personal chest cavity and stuffs the girl’s bloody organs inside. Assuming the girl’s form, Nevena will go on to inhabit a collection of villagers, mirroring behaviors and absorbing experiences.
Alongside the way in which, this unusual, deeply humane film turns into a beguiling meditation on identification and gender, underscoring the precarity of ladies in a society dominated by males. Inside its mystical borders, tenderness and savagery stroll facet by facet, and a palm stretched out in friendship might conceal a witch’s claw.
You Gained’t Be Alone
Rated R for sexual assault and a satisfying revenge. Operating time: 1 hour 48 minutes. In theaters.