Review of ‘In my mother’s skin’: a somber fairy tale | ET REALITY


Kenneth Dagatan’s “In My Mother’s Skin” is a cursed fairy tale in the same vein as Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 masterpiece, “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Set in the Philippines during World War II, Dagatan’s film follows Tala (Felicity Kyle Napuli), the young daughter of a wealthy Filipino family who is stranded in a mansion with her mother, brother, and housekeeper (Angeli Bayani) while his father leaves to fight in the conflict. When her mother (Beauty González) suffers a mysterious illness, Tala blindly trusts a captivating forest fairy (Jasmine Curtis-Smith) who promises to cure her. What could go wrong?

Dagatan weaves impressive and eerie scenes on a modest budget. In addition to the fairy herself, decked out in a golden costume that Björk might wear on stage, there’s a visual feast of banquets, jungle ruins, and hidden treasures that Tala discovers during her explorations. All of this is in stark contrast to the bloody violence that ensues as the fairies gradually lay waste to the family, using Tala’s mother as a host for her carnivorous tendencies. It’s refreshing to see such a clever horror film that doesn’t shy away from B-movie spectacle.

In keeping with its historical themes, “In My Mother’s Skin” acts as a warning about putting fate in the hands of the enemy, and the results are, predictably, grim. Like this year’s horror hit, “Skinamarink,” this film’s unflinching depiction of children’s suffering will no doubt seem excessive to some, but it’s what makes “In My Mother’s Skin” so beguiling and terrifying. . True to classic folklore, this is a story that offers equal parts fantasy and dizziness.

In my mother’s skin
Not qualified. Duration: 1 hour 37 minutes. Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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