Indie Gems: Spring

You know, when you said condition...

Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) has recently lost both parents. Lost in life, he takes a trip to Italy which mainly consists of him getting drunk and wandering around until he lands a job working on a farm. Then he meets Louise, (Nadia Hilker) a foreign student studying there. They began a relationship, but Louise has a mysterious condition that causes her to change form unless she takes her injections.

The horror/romance genre is a tricky one. This might be one of the weirdest movies I've seen in a long time, but it certainly kept my attention throughout. The film gets off to a terribly slow start. So slow in fact that I assumed the film was going to be awful until he finally meets Louise and things start rolling. The beginning is swiftly made up. What I appreciated about this film is how they tried to explain the "science" behind Louise's transformations. It's so easy for horror films to explain a monster's origins in a single sentence, but here they kept elaborating and that was a welcomed change. 

The leads have a lot of chemistry, Lou Taylor Pucci has been giving great performances in the indie world for years, it's nice to see him play a fairly unlikable character for once. I'm not sure if this is a film I'd rush out to see again, but I'm glad to have seen it. 

Grade: B-

Watched on: Netflix DVD

Memorable Quote: "I feel like a grown man who misses his parents." - Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci)

6 comments:

  1. I don't know that I can think of any horror romances, come to think of it.

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    1. Thirst, Underworld, Warm Bodies, Let The Right One In (sort of)

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  2. Interesting premise, haven't heard of this one before. The only horror romance I can think of is Warm Bodies though that one is more of a horror rom-com.

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    1. Sadly I think the Twilight movies would technically get grouped there too. And Underworld.

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  3. Even though this is the only horror romance I've seen, I was afraid it was going to be awful because it's a horror, but I actually loved it. It was so engaging, and I loved how the film explores the meaning of spring as a time of rebirth and change.

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    1. I'm glad someone else saw this! lol I suppose it got a bigger release in Italy since it was filmed there?

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