DAR­LING

Does as the Ro­mans do

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased OUT NOW! 2015 | 18 | DVD

Di­rec­tor Mickey Keat­ing Cast lau­ren ash­ley Carter, sean Young, larry Fessenden

“There’s not a movie like it,” writer/di­rec­tor Mickey Keat­ing says of Dar­ling. There’s an ob­vi­ous re­tort: “Yeah, there is. Repul­sion.”

To be fair, Keat­ing also ac­knowl­edges the ob­vi­ous debt that this tale of a young woman’s psy­cho­log­i­cal frac­tur­ing owes to Ro­man Polan­ski’s fil­mog­ra­phy. Lau­ren Ash­ley Carter plays the tit­u­lar house-sit­ter, a moon-eyed gothic Alice charged with look­ing af­ter a New York res­i­dence with a mys­te­ri­ous locked room. Soon some malefic in­flu­ence is driv­ing her over the edge...

What sep­a­rates this black and white chiller from its ’60s fore­bears is its sense of style, one as de­lib­er­ate as a hand­tai­lored mod suit. An over-re­liance on jit­tery jump­cuts and stro­bo­scopic light­ing even­tu­ally starts to feel gim­micky, but for the most part this is el­e­gant film­mak­ing, which – with its chanteuses war­bling from crackly vinyl and ic­ing-pink in­ter­ti­tles cal­lig­ra­phy – has an ap­peal­ingly time­less qual­ity, and the sim­plic­ity of a fairy­tale.

How­ever, it never seems like any­thing more than an ex­er­cise in style. Don’t ex­pect to ac­tu­ally feel any­thing, other than an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the di­rec­tor’s im­pec­ca­ble taste.

Ex­tras Three snip­pets of di­rec­tor in­ter­view (seven min­utes); the trailer. Ian Berri­man

The house used as the main lo­ca­tion was found by star Lau­ren Ash­ley Carter – she was work­ing as a dog walker for the owner.

Never for­get to put the lid on the blender.

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