This movie is pretty intense. It isn’t at full blast the entire time but whenever it is man do you feel it. This is the second French movie that I’ve watched in the film fest so far and man have they both been absolutely outstanding. This is another film by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury. I’ve not seen the movie that really got them noticed Inside but have never really felt like I was prepared for it.
Kandisha is a film with amazing gore and practical effects but there’s more to it than that. The story focuses on three friends, their lives, and how everything has changed. The story is anchored by the leads, Suzy Bemba as Bintou, Mathilde Lamusse as Amelie, and I can’t find the name of the actor for the third friend. All three of them are fantastic and Mathilde Lasmusse is the emotional center and carries the film. Walid Afkir as The Rector carries a certain air of authority while having a hint of vulnerability whenever he’s on screen.
The actual story deals with demons and folklore. I don’t want to say too much about the plot because I don’t want to give too much away. There is also graffiti art done and shown throughout the movie, with a personal favorite being something as simple as something being written so that you had to tilt your head to read it properly.
The movie is coming to Shudder this summer and I would say that if you’re a fan of horror you should definitely check it out.