Cert 18 Stars 4
Inventive, twisted and very dark, this Scandinavian modern day psychological horror toys with ideas of karma, reincarnation and puppet shows in an increasingly tense, surreal and heartbreaking experience.
Leif Edlund and Ylva Gallon star as a couple whose camping trip turns into a frantic battle of survival when they’re unexpectedly and repeatedly attacked by Peter Belli’s white suited circus sideshow artist and his two assistants.
A haunting fable from Swedish writer and director Johannes Nyholm, it’s a violent, odd and disturbing tale of humiliation and torment a lack of budget can’t restrict Nyholm’s bold imagination.
With flashes of very black comedy, grotesque characters and a repertoire of dogs, cats and rabbits, it reminded me of the work of Oscar nominated director of The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos, combined with Czech animator Jan Svankmajer, and Britain’s own macabre TV show, The League of Gentlemen.
The title is taken from the lyrics of a lament sung for a wounded dog which opens the film and it gets progressively more weird from there, you’ll never leave your tent for an early morning pee ever again.