Lush romance fuses with horror in Spring: review
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May 14, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Lush romance fuses with horror in Spring: review



3/4 Stars

Starring Lou Taylor Pucci and Nadia Hilker. Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. 109 minutes. In limited release. STC

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An innovative thriller about the ultimate unattainable woman, Spring fuses lush romance with horror, carried on the brain-tickling pleasure of crisply written dialogue.

Lou Taylor Pucci (Evil Dead, Thumbsucker) is Evan, a California cook who bolts to Italy on a whim after things get complicated at home.

He lands in a picturesque Italian village on the Adriatic, where he encounters stunner Louise (German actress Nadia Hilker). The sexily mysterious woman reveals herself to be intelligent and worldly and seems inordinately interested in him — but only on her terms. Evan is curious but wary. What does she want with him?

Their affair seems predestined but there’s something off about how it proceeds. Louise has strange rules. Unexplainable things begin to happen and there’s a feeling of foreboding aided by the village’s dark alleys and hidden passages.

Screenwriter Justin Benson, who co-directs with Aaron Moorhead (they previously teamed on Resolution), puts an interesting spin on myths, magic and monsters, enfolding them in a dream-like relationship drama that makes space for brief touches of humour.

While not perfect, low-budget Spring takes welcome risks with the creature-feature genre. The leads deliver solid performances, especially Pucci as the seeker who encounters more than he bargains for and yet commits to it.

Toronto Star

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