LUZ: The Flower of Evil Movie Review- Now Available (Dark Sky Films)
This is a very well-orchestrated film, slow-moving but as it progresses it gets the viewer in its grip.
Far into the mountains, in a community-led by a preacher named El Señor, a new child who is supposed to be the new messiah, is brought, and with his destruction and redemption. Soon, everything will change. Not only for the town but on the preacher's home as his 3 daughters start to wonder the real origins of God itself, the nature of love, pleasure, and inner freedom.
—Juan Diego Escobar Alzate(Director)
We start by hearing some beautiful music as the scene unfolds and we see a pattern of different images pass by as the credits roll across the screen. The cinematography is stunning throughout the film. There is an old cassette player and I do mean old, it has the handle for carrying it in your hand we had one of those players.
A cassette tape is in the player and we open with the father removing it from the player to which he says is the devil's music. He is a strong man of faith in God and he wants this to be brought forth to his three daughters.
With the title as it is, it can be a bit deceiving as this is not an in your face kind of horror, but instead a slow burn kind of film that builds over time and we really get to know the characters.
Thus giving us more time to care for their well being even though there is something not quite right with a few of the situations that are present in the film.
This is also a film that you must give your full attention to, I did not do that at first, and at twenty minutes in I had to restart it out of respect to the filmmakers so I can do a proper review.
This is almost like a ghost story because a lot of what happens is implied through words spoken mostly by the father who is keeping watch over the small community in which they live.
There are two scenes in the film that are of a shocking nature and mostly at the end of the film, one that I am sure audiences are quite taken aback as I was when it happens. Not because it's brutal in your face type of horror but because it is done out of fear and for who does it, a loss of control.
I find it hard to fairly review the film by sharing certain plot points of the movie without giving too much away. All in all the film is a pretty basic story-however the filmmakers have brought a passion to the screen and intimacy of sorts of the family. The acting is top-notch and every last creak to a sigh of wonder and fear are brought through with conviction.
He loves his daughters with everything that he is. They lost their mother many years before we meet them and she is buried in the woods with a marker on the branch to remember which tree it is.
There is an eerie and yet almost magical way in which the story is told, the camera work and certain ways the shots are framed it's a beautiful looking film amongst all of the impending doom that their father foresees happening.
I really appreciate all the work that went into the making of the film and its one of the better films that I have seen this year.
Forget all you know or think you know about this kind of thriller/horror because I have been watching horror movies for many generations now and this had me guessing incorrectly at a lot of what happened and I appreciate a film that can do that regardless of the genre of film.