Nocebus. A shamanic experience at TFF

Nocebus of the director Lorcan Finnegan counts in its important cast Eve Green, Mark Strong and a shocker Chai Fonacier.

It is rare for a film to portray the shamanic experience as boldly as it does Nocebus, where ritual and sacrifice open relationships with enigmatic and powerful forces in unseen realms. But that’s the best part of a movie where, with a little wisdom, it’s the ultimate parasite that wins.

Christine (Eve Green) is a successful children’s fashion designer and is married to her husband Felix (Mark Strong), an equally accomplished marketing consultant.

Their little girl Bobs (Billie Gadsdon) attends a prestigious private school and all three live in an immense magazine house: protagonists of this feature film that are only apparently predictable.

The life of the classic upper-class London family is shattered with the arrival of a disturbing vision (which will be followed by many others): “A blind dog purulent and torn by ticks” which threatens Christine’s sanity in one of its days of inevitable success.

This disturbance will be followed by tremors, spasms, loss of memory which will lead to a rapid transfiguration of the protagonist’s face, now devoid of lucidity and consumed by a strong nervous breakdown and drugs. In this inexorable vertigo of decay and fragility, “help” will arrive from the enigmatic housekeeper Diana, originally from the Philippines, to bring an apparent physical and psychological relief. Diana will offer more than a simple service, first insinuating herself with kindness into the house and into the family fabric and then occupying the true epilogue of the film, unhinging the shaky initial narration and catapulting the viewer in front of the harsh reality and the real motivations that will lead to this annihilation.

In the final moments of the film, Bobs becomes the heir to the great “power to heal or destroy” (or rather, theongo) that Diana carries with her. Diana condemns Christine as a bloodthirsty tick who took everything from her, but how do the ongo to survive to pass on their ancestral culture? In Nocebo, they are parasites to the core.

After all, to be someone, you need blood.

Nocebus is presented out of competition at 40th Turin Film Festival: here the program and here the site of the event

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