DVD REVIEW: ‘Grace’ is why vegan lesbians shouldn’t have babies?
I don’t ask for much when it comes to movies. Hell, I love subtlety and the power of suggestion. But I need at least a little bit of guidance from a filmmaker.
Paul Solet gives me none in his feature debut “Grace.” I still have no idea exactly what I watched. What I do know is that “Grace” is a movie about a woman named Madeline (Jordan Ladd) who wants to be a mother in the worst way. After two miscarriages, she and her husband successfully become pregnant again. With only three weeks left until delivery, Madeline is in a car accident that kills her husband and her unborn baby. She refuses medical treatment and decides to carry the dead baby to term.
When the baby is finally delivered, it’s not dead after all. At least not completely dead. The new mommy soon realizes that her breast milk isn’t enough for little Grace. She has a taste for blood. And then there all the flies in the nursery and Grace’s pungent smell.
So that’s what you’re given. The questions that arise are: is Grace a zombie baby? If so, why? Does it have anything to do with all the references to Madeline’s veganism and Green ways? Or is Grace a vampire? If so, how? It makes me want to scream. I need at least a little hint. But there’s none.
Then there are the random suggestions that Madeline used to be in a lesbian relationship with her midwife. I’m about to just conclude that lesbian vegans have zombie babies.
What I did like about the movie is that Solet did a good job freaking me out and making me uncomfortable. Those are two important goals of horror movies. I can also see great potential in him as a filmmaker. There was a certain air of sophistication about the movie, but me might want to work on the storytelling.
“Grace,” Rated R, comes out Tuesday, Sept. 15. Hollywood Hills rating: C+Did You Enjoy this Post? Subscribe to Hollywood Hills on Facebook, Twitter, & Email
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