A after doing art and essay prize magnet The Milk of Sorrow in her native Peru in 2009, director Claudia Llosa stumbled in 2014 with her first English feature film, Aloft which, despite its title, failed to takeits flight. And while seven years isn't that long between films these days in the independent film world, Fever Dream feels like a return from a distant desert. Distribution via Netflix after a premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival and a short screening at the cinema may be a decent strategy for this future cult classic - it's a film that looks remarkably well on TV screens, especially on TV. 'it is viewed alone late at night, as it is a comfortable house that is suddenly cruelly pierced by strange intruders.
Set in an Argentinian countryside although apparently set in Chile, the story revolves around the meeting between two very different mothers. The better-off Amanda (Maria Valverde) has come to the area for a summer vacation with her even-tempered baby girl Nina (Guillermina Sorribes Liotta), while her husband Marco (Guillermo Pfening) stays home.at home, perpetually preoccupied with work. Amanda first meets her neighbor, local beauty Carola (Dolores Fonzi), when she arrives with buckets of water, warning that things from the tap are not always safe to drink. It turns out that Carola also has a child, David (wide-eyed Emilio Vodanovich), who is so altered from a childhood illness that his mother claims he is not even her son. , his soul having migrated elsewhere and left the body behind.
And so begins a woozy job unlike any other - except perhaps for Llosa's previous films, which also revolved around distraught mothers, enigmatic healers, and a natural world teeming with splendor and malignancy. The rhythm is majestic and jerky. both, and viewers allergic to voiceovers are urged to stay away. All sIt takes place via a dialogue between Amanda and David in a conversation that we only hear but cannot see or even fully understand. Meanwhile, the talented British composer Natalie Holt , whose eclectic CV includes sheet music for Paddington as well as the recent television series Loki, weaves into a string sheet music that evokes Max Richter at its most romantic as well as the chirp of exotic bi rds. There are some extraordinary images along the way - for example, of a man handling a horse seen in silhouette that at first glance resembles a centaur - which touches the whole theme of transmigrated souls and bestial people. The whole thing is a little crazy but very beautiful too.