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All Flowers in Time

Chloè Sevigny stars in a surreal story about possession and scary faces.

10 – 15 | 2010 | Experimental | Horror | Supernatural | USA

A creepy old man, two frightened teenagers, a child and a girl that play a game of making scary faces. One common thread links all these characters together: a dutch tv-show that features a french cowboy who claims to be from another place, and a girl who believes the red-eye effect in photos comes from a demonic possession. Suspended in a nightmarish-delirious dimension, lacking a proper plot and featuring visual effects that span from digital to old-school DIY, All Flowers in Time sparked divisive response at important festivals like Sundance and Cannes. The eerie and gloomy atmosphere brings David Lynch’s latest work to mind (it’s hard not to associate the cowboy to the one featured in Mullholland Drive, and the confusing plot mirrors Inland Empire’s), and a bit of Cronenberg’s films as well. The films also echoes Japanese horror films, such as The Ring, due to the scary effect that the tv show has on its viewers. Why do red eyes appear in photographs? What kind of satanic presence hides behind this effect? This simple idea generates nightmares and deliriums, obsessive repetitions and actual physical transformations. Jonathan Caouette has had a long career in experimental films ( his self-produced debut film, Tarnation, was made by assembling Super 8 footage, VHS recordings, photographs and even answering machine messages) and it’s not surprising that he cast Chloè Sevigny as the lead, as she became the go-to actress for quirky, weird, independent films.

 

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

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