Fever Dream (2021) Netflix Review

Director: Claudia Llosa

Writers: Claudia Llosa, Samanta Schweblin(novel)

Stars: María Valverde, Dolores Fonzi, Guillermo Pfening

RATING: 2.5 Stars

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A young woman named Amanda lies in pain, while a young teenager named David urgently questions her, forcing her to unravel the truth of what happened to her. She is not his mother and he is not her son. Together they will reveal a disturbing and evocative tale of broken souls, an invisible lurking terror, and the fragile threads that bind parents and children – From IMDB

This film had an amazing premise, and some of the most incredible atmosphere I have even encountered in a thriller. Fonzi and Valverde’s performances are outstanding, adding a real deep emotion to the film. There is a great eerie chemistry between them the entire time, from the first second you see them on screen together, and the more you learn about their story, the better that eerie atmosphere gets. The film is also shot beautifully, with some really stunning visuals, particularly in some of the flashback type scenes.

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The whole film is guided by the narration of David, guiding Amanda through the events of the last day she can remember. Because David is guiding the story, he is telling both Amanda and us as the audience what to focus on and what we should consider to be important. Because of that, we don;t really get to make our own assumptions, or make our own impression of what is going on. Also the story is also not told at all in a linear fashion, especially towards the beginning, so it was a little confusing to understand and get into. I got the hang of it after about half an hour, but that beginning is a struggle.

My biggest issue was that I couldn’t connect to the main character. Because the whole film is seen through her eyes, and dictated by Davis, we learn very little about her. We know so much more about the secondary characters, and they are all great, well rounded, complex individuals. But by the end we are really meant to care about Amanda’s journey, but because we have spent so long focussing on everyone else, and not on her, I formed very little connection with her.

I was totally out of my comfort zone with this one, and while it was enjoyable for the technical aspects, the story didn’t resonate with me at all.

‘Fever Dream’ is stream in now on Netflix.

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