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In this horror tale, a young American (Lou Taylor Pucci) backpacking in Italy meets a beauty (Nadia Hilker) harboring a strange secret. Critics who saw it at film festivals were impressed with this second feature from co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
▪ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice: “At first, the film feels like a scruffy, foul-mouthed horror-comedy, one eager to showcase its starlet’s breasts and its FX team’s bloody grossouts. But as the American comes closer to discovering his new lover’s secrets … the pace slackens, the characters click, and ‘Spring’ dares to become about its people rather than the usual splattering monsters.”
▪ Joe Leydon, Variety: Filmmakers “do a clever job of entwining elements of budding romance, mounting dread and indolent vacation in their leisurely paced, handsomely produced indie feature. And while the mix might not be to every taste, venturesome cineastes may heed appreciative reviews.”
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▪ Chris Tilly, IGN Movies: “Every now and then a genre feature comes along and knocks you sideways. A film that breaks free from the shackles of classification and categorization to become something entirely fresh and original.”
(At Alamo Drafthouse.)
| Sharon Hoffmann, The Star
Watch a live-stream Q&A with “Spring” directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead after the screening at 7 p.m. Friday at Alamo Drafthouse, 1400 Main St.