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Friday, 14 May
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An atmospheric, coming-of-age tale inspired by the 1872 Gothic vampire novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.
Isolated from the outside world, fifteen-year-old Lara (Hannah Rae) lives in seclusion on a vast country estate with her father and strict governess Miss Fontaine (Jessica Raine). Late one evening, a mysterious carriage crash brings a young girl into their home to recuperate. Lara immediately becomes enchanted by this strange visitor who arouses her curiosity and awakens her burgeoning desires.
“Flirts with vampiric blood lust but is most satisfying when it delves into the superstition and repression that squeeze the breath out of life for young women...” Observer (UK).
“A vampire story in spirit only, this clever and deliberately low-key adaptation of Sheridan Le Fanu's garish gothic novella is a study in moral ambiguity and 19th-century religious hypocrisy” Times (UK).
“A horror story gets transformed into a mood piece about sexual awakening being thwarted by religious hypocrisy” Film Frenzy.
“The film is big on flickering candles, gory erotic dreams and close-ups of insects, but it builds into a nicely executed take on villainised lesbian love” Sunday Times (UK).
“Harris displays real promise with her first solo feature film; sinking her teeth deep into the original novella's themes of fear and persecution, and elegantly translating them for a modern audience” SciFiNow.