Contemporary World Cinema | 2015 | 81 minutes
SIFF Says:Nicolas, who would much rather draw than climb on the rocks with the rest of his friends, lives in an isolated village on an unnamed coast; scattered with dilapidated beige buildings and exclusively populated by pale women and the young boys they take care of. Each day he is fed a grimy black squid-like dish, and is routinely taken to a dingy hospital where he and other boys undergo a series of mysterious medical experiments and treatment. One night, when Nicolas sneaks out of bed to follow his “mother” to the shore, he witnesses a bizarre, orgiastic ritual among all the village women, and begins to question his entire life. Focusing on the primordial terrors surrounding the human body and the sexual fear related to male puberty, Evolution is a nightmarish and unsettling film by director Lucile Hadžihalilović (married to director Gaspar Noé, pioneer of the emerging New French Extremity movement and director of 2004’s Innocence). Creating an evocative tension built on moody, dreamlike cinematography and a deliberate lack of explanation, this psychosexual body-horror film will make you look at seafood in a whole different way.
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