Carmilla

Carmilla

Emily Harris (2) (2019)

94min
15 Certificate
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Review

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Based on J Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 vampire novella, Carmilla is a Gothic coming-of-age drama that boasts a refreshingly contemporary spirit. In rural England during the late-1700s, the secluded existence of 15-year-old Lara (Hannah Rae) is interrupted by the arrival of the mysterious Carmilla (Devrim Lingnau), much to the disdain of puritanical governess Miss Fontaine (Jessica Raine). As a peculiar illness takes hold of local women, Lara becomes increasingly enamoured of Carmilla, whose presence kindles unexpected new feelings. Writer/director Emily Harris strips away the more supernatural elements of the source material to show how superstition allowed prejudice to flourish in bygone days. A searing score from Radiohead's Phil Selway complements the ethereal visuals, which are accentuated by some gruesome dream sequences and extreme close-ups of nature. Raine is the standout among the cast, delivering a piercing performance as the repressed governess, but her bright-eyed young co-stars struggle to make this love story truly blaze with passion

Cast & Crew

Lara Hannah Rae
Carmilla Devrim Lingnau
Doctor Tobias Menzies
Mr Bauer Greg Wise
Miss Fontaine Jessica Raine
Old Man Colin Blumenau
Paul the Stableman Daniel Tuite
Margaret Lorna Gayle
Director Emily Harris (2)
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Republic FilmReleased on: 16 Oct 2020