There’s greater than a little of “Barbara” for this Scandinavian werewolf tale, but Arnby is less thinking about arty melodrama compared to tension between a person and society as performed in the thought of the family secret. Although the careful mood is almost always dissipated when the time comes to kill, kill, kill, Arnby’s ace within the hole remains Suhl, a youthful actress of Streep-ian intensity, by turns careful and vulnerable, fearful and forthright as she frequently wordlessly gives existence a metamorphosis she’d rather own than see shame in. Her eyes alone convey the fraught realm of “When Creatures Dream” around that cold landscape.
Whenever a spotty rash on her behalf chest starts to sprout hair, and Marie notices her personality increasingly aggressive, she constitutes a startling link between her mother’s “illness,” the stares from cities folk along with a collusion between Father and also the doctor.
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Sullen, gangly 19-year-old Marie (newcomer Sonia Suhl) lives together with her parents, a reserved father (Lars Mikkelsen) along with a motorized wheel chair-bound, sickly mute for any mother (Sonja Richter). Marie endures razzing in the fishery where she works but additionally has gotten kind attention from cute colliege Daniel (Jakob Oftebro).
MPAA rating: R for violence, sexuality/nudity, drug abuse.
Playing: Laemmle’s NoHo 7, North Hollywood. Also on VOD.
“When Creatures Dream.”
Running time: one hour, 24 minutes.
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The crisply barren, beautiful terrain of seaside northern Jutland in Denmark forms the setting for Jonas Arnby’s first feature, “When Creatures Dream,” an atmospheric horror story having a compelling primary character.