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Fantasia 2020: “The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw”


Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I enjoy slow films. We should be patient enough with the idea of the filmmaker and trust him on what he is about to present us. What we need though is the story to be conclusive, logical, and make sense. Frankly, I am not sure if “The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw” does that. Sometimes though, the same film can be rated as bad, good, or excellent.

A strange thing happens in 1856, and is being called the eclipse. The same day Agatha Earnshaw (Catherine Walker) has gave birth to a child. Seventeen years later, not even a single villager is aware of the existence of Agatha’s daughter, Audrey (Jessica Reynolds). In the meantime, the people of the village keep struggling while Agatha lives in prosperity. The time comes when long-waited questions must be answered and the world to find out about the existence of a child. And when that happens, nothing will ever be the same.

Written and directed by Thomas Robert Lee, the film takes a slow approach, taking its time to unfold a simple plot by dragging it for much longer. As we watch Agatha and her relationship with her daughter, it can’t be considered as the best. But we know already that the daughter has supernatural powers everyone should be afraid of. As we allow ourselves to grasp everything being offered right before our eyes, it becomes obvious that we won’t be getting what we want. And what the film has aimed at will be missed big time.

Honestly speaking, I tried my best to like Thomas Robert Lee’s film. But I failed. I tried to give it the benefit of doubt but when I reached towards the end of the film, I was not the only one who was lost – the plot itself disappeared. The good sign though was the performances and the cinematography in “The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw” which, to be honest, is not enough to attract the wide audience it may have hoped for.

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