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|Production country:||USA 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 127 Min|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
Annie (Toni Collette) leads a seemingly harmonious small-town life with her husband Steve (Gabriel Byrne) and their joint children Peter (Alex Wolff) and Charlie (Milly Shapiro). But after the death of Annie's mother Ellen, some unexpected abysses reveal themselves as mysterious incidents accumulate. At first these can be easily dismissed as fantasies. But after a cruel accident it seems clear that the terrible fate of the family has long been predestined…
With his feature film debut "Hereditary - Das Vermächtnis" (Hereditary - The Legacy) director Ari Aster has created an atmospheric horror movie that doesn't live so much from its shock moments - even though they do exist - but rather from its disturbing slowness, which is only a bit overused here and there. From the very beginning, history has not been characterized by what can generally be described as normality. However, how the madness gradually spreads and is also transferred to the viewer is really well implemented.
Safe, on closer inspection there are considerable logic holes. And many a scene already takes a long time. But Aster can make up for this by purposefully deploying haunting shock moments (a scene will certainly never be forgotten again) and unexpected plot twists. However, you don't only have to get involved with the carried narrative tempo, but also with the somewhat bizarre basic tone of Aster's staging, otherwise the movie could quickly get on your nerves.
"Hereditary - The Legacy" is not a horror film for the masses. It is simply too bulky for that. But it's definitely a film that can leave a strong impression. Aster understands very well that his audience feels uncomfortable. In this calm yet tense atmosphere, he places shocking, oblique and visually impressive elements - and the result is truly unusual for this genre yet effective. If you like experimental horror and don't feel deterred by the lack of any tempo, you should definitely pay a visit to this gruesome family story. Worth seeing!
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