'November' Trailer: A Gorgeous, Feverish Blend Of Fantasy And Horror

If a folklorist drank an entire bottle of cough syrup, passed out and had their fever dreams somehow captured on film, the result might look something like November. This gorgeous Estonian fantasy-drama-horror-something from director Rainer Sarnet defies classification, and must be seen to be believed. Feast your eyes on the visually stunning November trailer below.

What is November? It's a lot of things: a gorgeous black and white fantasy film; a recreation of some unsettling folklore; a movie full of magic and horror. Yet running down a list of descriptions still isn't enough to adequately describe November, a new film from Rainer Sarnet, soon to be released by Oscilloscope Laboratories. I watched November a few months ago, and I'm still not quite sure what to make of it. But don't take my word for it, take a look at the trailer and see for yourself.

November trailer 

Do you want to know how weird this movie is? Here's an example: in the first five minutes alone, a sort-of-demon made out of various farm tools, with a cow skull for a head, bursts into a barn and steals a cow. The demon uses its various tool-limbs as helicopter blades, and flies above the landscape, towing the cow with it. November only gets weirder from there. Here's the synopsis:

In this tale of love and survival in 19th century Estonia, peasant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans, but Hans is inexplicably infatuated by the visiting German baroness that possesses all that he longs for. For Liina, winning Hans' requited love proves incredibly complicated in this dark, harsh landscape where spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself converge, where thievery is rampant, and where souls are highly regarded, but come quite cheap. With alluring black and white cinematography, Rainer Sarnet vividly captures these motley lives as they toil to exist—is existence worth anything if it lacks a soul?

While there are horror elements on display in November, I don't know if I'd classify it as a horror movie. Honestly, I don't know what I'd classify this movie as; it's an enigma. That said, November is one of the best looking films I've seen in a while, with gorgeous, stark black and white cinematography that will take your breath away. The film stars Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Arvo Kukumägi, Katariina Unt and Taavi Eelmaa.

November opens theatrically in New York City on February 23, 2018, and in Los Angeles on March 2, 2018. Try to see it on the big screen; you won't regret it.