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Piercing

  • Drama
  • Horror
  • 2017
  • Nicolas Pesce
  • 81 mins
  • 18

Summary

Gripping thriller with It Comes at Night's Christopher Abbott. A dedicated family man leaves home for a supposed business trip, only to check himself into a hotel to fulfil a bloody fantasy.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

A psychopath's best-laid plans take a sharp turn for the weird and unexpected in Nicholas Pesce's follow-up to his stylish black-and-white debut, The Eyes of My Mother. Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night) stars as the family man eager to have a weekend away from wife and baby to sate his desire to slay a prostitute with an ice pick. In a pristine hotel room, he obsessively rehearses the murder, a pantomime of pain (complete with disturbingly juicy sound effects for the viewer). It's an unnerving preamble to the arrival of flaky, soon-to-be victim Jackie (Mia Wasikowska), a late call-up for his S&M fantasies. However, left-field interventions change the dynamic, as you would expect from a story by Ryu Murakami, whose Audition was filmed to breathtakingly horrific effect by Takashi Miike in 1999. Pesce's sophomore feature is not in that class and more style over substance - the cityscapes are meticulously constructed models; the music selected from signature giallos like Deep Red, Tenebrae and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times. Those of a squeamish disposition should still beware - the film is called Piercing for a reason - but essentially, it's a tortuous two-hander rather than torture porn, and the gamine-like Wasikowska, in particular, is fabulous.

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Credits

Cast

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ReedChristopher Abbott
JackieMia Wasikowska
MonaLaia Costa
DoctorWendell Pierce
The bunny girlOlivia Bond
ChevonneMarin Ireland

Crew

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DirectorNicolas Pesce

Details

Theatrical distributor
Vertigo
Released on
2019-02-15
Languages
English | Portuguese
Guidance
Violence, sex scenes, nudity
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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