I came into this movie not expecting much, the title didn't really seem to have much meaning behind it, That is until i got deeper into the movie. This is not your typical horror/drama it takes you to a place where you really get connected to the characters in the movie. Normally films end leave you feeling as if they left something out but this one, takes you to the end and the end let me say is done in a way no other movie has done before. This is a great film, if you like horror/sci-fi/drama then watch this ..10/10 The main actors are AMAZING on screen, i don't think it could of <more>
...still thoroughly enjoyed it! The preview mis-sells this quiet, intimate and philosophical film as a Species-esque thriller set in a beautiful Italian location, which is a shame as those who are waiting to be on the edge of their seats will be disappointed. So, what should you expect? Subtle, genuine humour, with a script which is highly developed on an emotional level without the need to spell everything out via dialogue. The interaction between the two leads is sincere and believable, and if it wasn't for the slight tangent into the supernatural or, scientifically yet-to-be- <more>
explained , you could almost believe you are watching a documentary about a real-life couple. The characters are imperfect on an individual level, but this adds to the realism. The farm owner lends a bit of comedic relief, more so if you've been to Italy and have been given an insight into their type of humour.The music is moody, simple, and effective, and there are times you don't realise music was on in the background until it stops, and is enveloped but brooding silences.The cinematography is excellent, and I am sure that if you watched this movie more than once as I am tempted to do! , you will no doubt spot details you missed the first time round.
Once again Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson join forces as they bring us Spring. I was absolutely blown away to be honest. Don't expect it to be a regular horror movie with gore because it really isn't, nor is it trying to be. It's more like a Romance soup spiced with Horror. They really stepped out of the box with this unique mix of genres and completely succeeded doing so. Not only do I applaud their creativity but also the execution. From cinematography to videography, they nailed it. Apart from being both touching and thrilling, Spring is visually really appealing. The <more>
picturesque locations, shot in sunny Italy, didn't hurt either. Spring is a finished product and whether you prefer indie movies or not. I suggest you don't do too much research and just go watch it yourself. Highly, highly recommended.
Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson caught my attention with their excellent debut feature Resolution. Resolution was a film that played heavily with the genre tropes yet I wouldn't necessarily call it a horror movie. Spring is much like that. It's not a genre hybrid, it's a movie that just forgets genres. It's unique. These filmmakers have a vision and they're sticking with it. They want to show you something new, something no one has ever put on screen. And it's beautiful. And it's disgusting. This is why independent horror is a scene worthy following. This is why I <more>
A beautiful, intelligent, thought-provoking film (by LilyDeSilva)
A hidden gem and easily one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. The acting, writing and directing are all seamless.I admit there were moments, such as when our poor protagonist reacts to the truth about his girlfriend, which stretched the bounds of plausibility, but aside from those few scenes the film was incredibly real and fresh throughout.The film's brand of dry, intelligent humor was a lovely surprise. I buckled in for a thriller and found myself laughing many times instead. I also highly commend the snippets of philosophy, morality, mortality, religion and science which <more>
were sprinkled throughout the film and delivered with just the right amount of wit and depth by both actors. It really is a wonderful blend of romance and sci-fi, and this is coming from someone who loves sci-fi and has a pathological fear of chick flicks. I highly recommend it.
Everything magical happens in Italy, if you're American. OK, I was a little mean, the movie was actually pretty excellent. It's just this new cliché that if you want to become a vampire or meet some strange creatures you have to come from America to Europe, preferably Italy. I live in Italy and, except getting my soul sucked out of me at work, no vampires yet! Some zombies, though, especially in the morning.Anyway, the film is a combination of sci-fi, romance and melancholy, and a successful one at that. Usually when people mix things up the result is either something too artsy or <more>
deep for its own good or a jumbled mess. Spring manages to balance everything: you have beautiful characters you can sympathize with, a story that allows you to explore the beauty of nature and sunsets in Italy and crap like that as well as the feelings and experiences of the characters, some strange stuff to give it a little spice.No need to describe the plot to you. As one of the characters says in the end "destinations are overrated" and I think it was a line expressing the desire of the writer to make a story that you can enjoy without it having to reach some climax. Personally I thought the ending was kind of cheap, the only thing worse being the scenes with the stupid American guy. But, hey, love conquers all, right? No need to think of what the other person gives up for you. Heh.Bottom line: a very visually pleasing film, well directed and shot, well acted, with an original story. It is kind of long, though, at almost two hours, giving it a kind of slow pace. Also, if you do not appreciate the small things in it, the ending is not going to make you like the film any more than the middle.
So, you're scrolling through IMDb top 250 looking for something. It doesn't have to be an awesome blockbuster or a life-changing experience. BUT you do want to see something decent. This is your movie.If you are looking for that run of the mill hack and slash horror movie including flying heads and such keep looking. But, if, like me, your looking for that tiny jewel you just so happened to miss, you've just hit the jackpot. The beginning of the movie is raw and slow. But not too raw or slow. However, slow and raw enough that pop-corn munching blockbuster- loving idiots will be <more>
bored.Movies that start like this can develop in works that make you feel like hell for 2 hours and then leave you with nothing. So, I started doubting whether this movie was going to be too much "slice of life".But then...You are rewarded for putting up with harsh reality.When the main characters are introduced to each other this movie changes. The dialogue is fascinating. The plot is introduced quickly yet gently, and completely sucks you in.You're on a creepy ride which you think might break down at any moment...But it doesn't. The movie really keeps momentum and leaves you with a satisfying experience.The characters are fleshed out well and the "horror" part eases in smoothly.All in all, I would watch this movie again just to see my loved ones react to it. Watch this movie, and be positively surprised, you have just found yourself a little gem.
A subtle mixture of romance,SF and horror (by peterp-450-298716)
"I'm half undiscovered science, a bunch of confusing biochemistry and some crazy hormones." "Spring" isn't really a horror film. It's a rather mythological love story with a "not so bad" twist. A story about how true love can overcome obstacles and how that makes you choose irreversible options. And this interspersed with sometimes lurid and bizarre scenes. There are several moments in this film, which also proceeds painfully slow the only flaw I could think of , where you are wondering what the hell is actually going on. And when everything is <more>
explained in detail, you frown and instantly you think "What the f*ck was that ?". I admit that the whole metabolic explanation went over my head the first time, but after a while it became really clear and I realized it was dead simple. Ultimately it was a film that took me by surprise, despite its long playing time, and unexpectedly continued to fascinate me.The beginning of this remarkable film is I could say brilliant. A scarce setting. Young Evan Lou Taylor Pucci bedside of his dying mother. A joke. A blank stare. A final sigh and then ... finito. The day of the funeral ends with an out of control bar fight. To avoid problems with the local police, Evan decides out-of-the-blue to book a plane ticket and travels to distant Italy. Once there, he ends up in the company of two British loudmouths whose main interests are : pouring as much as possible alcohol in their throat, using gore language and constantly trying to seduce an Italian girl. The day they scram and leave Evan behind, he's determined to get acquainted with the beautiful Louise Nadia Hilker with whom he briefly made eye contact, somewhere at a village square. He offers his services at some farm in order to pay for his stay and slowly the two grow closer together. What emerges is a not so obvious relationship. The mysterious and impulsive Louise isn't exactly making it easy for Evan and soon the viewer is fully aware that she's hiding a terrible secret.What is it that makes this film so unique? Several things as I look at it afterwards. The casual and spontaneous way these two people interact, converse and let love flourish between each other. Not with contrived and forced dialogues. It seemed as if their love game unfolds naturally before your eyes and you witness how two charismatic individuals whirl around each other in a flirting way. You wouldn't say that Evan has charisma. He looks more like a meaningless, unqualified,miserable fellow who has no specific goal in his life and also has a limited wardrobe. Yet he came across as profound and intellectual during philosophical conversations with Louise. And certainly the speed at which he could grasp the whole explanation, proves there's a sparkle of some intelligence. Conversely Louise is a chunk of charisma. A mysterious character who Evan can't get hold of and whose reasoning and reactions raises questions. The reason why she is confusing at times and stands aloof, becomes clearer as soon as the terrible secret is revealed. Superb performances without a doubt.Also cinematically it's a bit different. The camera movements and positions are sometimes surprising. The bird's-eye view sometimes delivers beautiful images such as the boat trip. These splendor images are regularly interrupted by short shots of all kinds of flora and fauna. Bizarre and sometimes incomprehensible. But all this is ultimately connected with the big secret. The most successful scene is when Louise explains the whole mystery to Evan. Although she doesn't want to explain it initially, she changes her mind and she does it while Evan is on its way through the narrow streets of the Italian village. And while stumbling over the cobbles he listens to the eerie tale. I would have preferred that she'd tell this complicated story calmly at a table because the pivoting camera and flashy long sequence demanded all my attention. And this ensured that the final message didn't directly hit me and sounded pretty hazy. The horror clips are scarce, sometimes unclear and sometimes with pretty ugly CGI. Is this done deliberately? Were the resources limited? I have no idea. But ultimately it all fits perfectly with the rest.Maybe there's a moment when you're wondering where exactly the romance is hiding ? Maybe you dropped off because it's pretty surreal and it all looks strange. And yet you should do the effort to sit through the movie, because the final denouement is pure romance. This is the epitome of true love. Maybe I raved about this film, but I've never seen the concepts live, love, death,pregnancy and rebirth flow into each other in such a subtle way. A simplistic love story with a quirky twist which eventually ends in a way you hoped it would end. A beautiful, unique film that briefly will resonate to some.More reviews here : http://opinion-as-a-moviefreak.blogspot.be
Better than most and a nice surprise. (by MannyInNewYork)
I thought this was terrific. It has all the elements that make for a memorable movie – likable characters, interesting relationships, interesting locations, a good soundtrack and finally, for me, a big plus, an ending that satisfies. It's a love story with a Sci-fi twist to it but the emphasis is on the romance between Evan and Louise.Evan, a young man from the USA, is dodging the police due to his involvement in a minor incident and decides that it would be a good time to get out of town. Acting on impulsive, he flies to Italy, meets some people, goes on a road trip and winds up in a <more>
little town where he meets Louise. Here is where the story really begins.Boy meets girl. Boy falls for girl and falls hard – love at first sight. You feel bad for him because you know right off the bat that something is not quite right with the enigmatic Louise. There's no way this is going to end well but that doesn't keep you from hoping that it does and hey, you never know. And then things get weirder and weirder. The pace is a bit slow but you never feel bored. Normally I would find extended scenes of two of people talking to be dull, but these aren't – they're really interesting, revealing and intimate. The look of the movie is also very nice. The country side and the quaint town – a vacationers dream locale – and then there's Louise – what is she? Throw in some history, legend, junk science and a bit of philosophy. Loved the ending.Both Pucci Evan and Hilker Louise are excellent in their roles – convincing and very likable. Good stuff.