Resurrection Movie Review

Written by Sean M. Sanford

Released by IFC Films

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Written and directed by Andrew Semans
2022, 103 minutes, Not Rated
Released on July 29th, 2022

Rebecca Hall as Margaret
Tim Roth as David
Grace Kaufman as Abbie
Michael Esper as Peter
Angela Wong Carbone as Gwyn

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The only folks who can fully understand the bond between a mother and her child, or a daughter to her mom, is a mother. Or a daughter. I’m admittedly neither. The fact that the themes and messages of Resurrection gave me the feelings they did speaks volumes for the film itself. I want to give due nods to the cast and crew of this movie. Holy shit, Rebecca Hall and her performance as Margaret, a mother struggling with a brutal and cunning figure from her past (played by Tim Roth). Grace Kaufman, who plays Margaret’s daughter Abbie, also very much brings to life a character who is staring down the barrel of grownup-ness. She brings dimension to a time of life that I recall with tremored abandon: when adulthood is so close you can smell it, and such a mystery that surely no one, especially not any dumbass parent, could possibly understand. 18 and life? You got it.

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But Abbie’s balance on the brink of adulthood is clearly resurfacing a cache of emotions for Margaret, which seem to coincide with the re-emergence of a certain figure. A man. Seen in the shadows. David. He seems to be everywhere Margaret looks. Sitting in the park on her way to work. At the grocery store. Leaving things in her daughter’s handbag. Yup. He’s slithering closer and closer. Watching her we can see a visceral reaction, and said reaction illustrates volumes of something dark, wicked, something Margaret knows well, and has been trying with desperation to suppress.

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A little bit about Margaret. She’s a single mother and a complete badass at Biotech Rising. She has complex relationships with some of her co-workers, which may be partially explained by Margaret’s past. She used to draw, but gave up the life of an artist to pursue that of an executive. We soon learn that the artist within isn’t the only thing that Margaret is trying to forget. This all draws complexities when it comes to her relationship with Abbie.

Margaret and her daughter’s connection has elements that are wont to reign amongst many mothers and their daughters who are 17-going-on-18. There is a palpable tumult underlining their respect for one another’s needs. There are also loaded casks of misunderstanding, and Abbie has grown to think her mom’s gone batshit bonkers.

As the movie progresses and this David character begins to circle closer to Margaret and Abbie, we learn more of Margaret’s past and the tragic ugliness therein. More so, we learn of David’s presence in her past, and the hold he once had on her. This begins to rear its ugly head more and more until Margaret is forced to reveal her true self to her daughter.

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This movie has a great use of detail, and the acting is both subtle and explosive. Rebecca Hall is another of my favorite actors and she brings a cavalcade of emotion and dimension to her characters. She’s shown herself to take any movie to another level, and I absolutely love her work in the realms of horror. Tim Roth is one of my favorite actors, and his role as a villain gave me chills.

With so much going on in the plot and theme, Resurrection is the kind of film that brings with it multiple interpretations. Watch it with your mom for an emotionally interactive experience.

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Movie: 5 Star Rating Cover

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Sean M. Sanford
Sean M. Sanford
Staff Reviewer
Sean M. Sanford was born and raised in the Sierra foothills of California on a haunted ranch that was constantly trying to remind him how wonderful it is being scared shitless. He later moved to San Francisco where he currently resides in an apartment that may or may not be cursed. With so many horrific dimensions to his life, Sanford has been known to revel since birth in scary movies, novels, comic books, and tales told by friends and loved ones. He writes fiction for the skateboarding magazine Lowcard, through which he has a collection of stories and photos called A Manbaby’s Requiem. He also wrote fiction for the online periodical Defiant Scribe. He writes book reviews for Night Worms, and Horror Oasis, and has written horror movie articles for the website, The Infinite Eleven. He has an Instagram account all about books, called @skaters_who_read. He and his wife Candice have started a homemade incense company called Effin Relax, and he’s been known to burn said fragrances during the scariest of movies to help calm his nerves. He looks forward to being the most freaky and creative spirit once he’s left this mortal coil.
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