A Banquet (2021)

“After witnessing the death of her father, a young woman has a mysterious experience which leads her to believe that she is intended for a higher purpose.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eDeliberately paced and slow burning, Ruth Paxton and Justin Bullu0026#39;s film manages to portray the existential horror without (too much) reliance on gross out or trope-ish apocalyptic imagery.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe slow burn unravelling of proceedings is sustained by smartly controlled filmmaking and excellent performances, particularly the double leads of Sienna Guillory and the extraordinary Jessica Alexander.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eItu0026#39;s final scene feels a tad familiar but doesnu0026#39;t lessen the strength of whatu0026#39;s gone before.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWell worth a look for admirers of films like Violation, Censor and Saint Maud or Von Triers mid period films, particularly Dogville and Melancholia.”

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