Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Visible Secret - Filmhouse - 2/2/10

Showing as part of a season of films showcasing the work of Hong Kongs female directors this is a low budget, quirky, ghost story/horror piece that has its tongue planted firmly in its cheek.

Peter meets June in a nightclub and is struck by her Gabrielle style eye-patch but is even more struck by her odd behaviour and her disappearing act the morning after their first night together along with fifty dollars from his wallet. When next they meet June reveals that from an early age she has been able to see ghosts but thanks to an amulet given to her by a priest she was protected but now the amulets powers are waning and, through her left eye only, she can see the dead again.

This does exactly what it says on the tin. It's not a clever film. It's not a film that has been blessed with a big budget. The plot is ridiculous and the acting is slapstick and slap-dash in equal measure. Despite all of that though it is a film that is free from cynicism and that has only one goal...to give you a few frights and a few laughs and that is what it delivers.

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