Directed by David Zellner
Cornerhouse, 1 September 2012
Absence sits at the centre of this downbeat fairy tale – a missing mother, most likely.
There’s an intelligent, nuanced performance from Sydney Aguirre. She plays Annie, a tomboy running feral in the forests around the Texas farm where she lives with her father. Most of her days are spent alone; she has few friends. When a voice from down inside a pit calls to her, begging to be let out, she is uncertain how to respond. But respond she must.
It is an immersive film, despite its evident low-budget aesthetic, and has some deft cinematic touches. Just imagine what Dirty Surrealism might look like (say, Raymond Carver + Rikki Ducornet) and you’ll get an approximate flavour of the film.