Piercing doesn’t ever pull a punch. The title of writer-director Nicolas Pesce‘s adaptation of Ryû Murakami‘s novel of the same name couldn’t be more fitting. From its earliest images, audience members will know if this movie, which features visceral body horror, S&M, and cruel and ridiculous laughs, speaks to them.
Pesce, who previously directed The Eyes of My Mother and will follow this up with a remake of The Grudge, again establishes himself as a bold director with Piercing. “Pesce delivers a carefully crafted sophomore feature that explores the dangerous limits taken to rectify trauma and fulfill various desires,” Marisa Mirabal wrote in her review for the site. “A sick and stylish love letter to Giallo films of the ‘70s, Piercing is cinematic kink at its finest.”
It’s a love letter to Giallo and more, as Pesce recently told us in conversation about his influences, references, and taste in movies.
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After earning critical acclaim for his directorial debut, the twisted serial killer movie The Eyes of My Mother, filmmaker Nicolas Pesce is back for another brutal thriller starring Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbot. Piercing is a psychosexual drama about a seemingly normal businessman (Abbot) who is revealed to have a penchant for killing prostitutes. But Wasikowska’s coy call girl soon turns the tables on him in a surreal, graphic thriller. The new Piercing trailer comes accompanied by the red band version, both of which you can see below.
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It’s the most wonderful tiiiiiiiime of the year: trailer round-up time.
What’s that under your Christmas tree? It’s a trailer, covered in shiny gift-wrap! And look – there’s another one, in the far back corner, covered in douglas fir needles. I count eight different trailers underneath your tree, and you can metaphorically unwrap and watch ’em all below. (Don’t worry about how I know what’s under your tree. That’s not important right now.)
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?
This week we get secluded on an island with Gerard Butler, try to get away with murder, watch as Ferris Beuller becomes a mensch, see what a paycheck looks like, and try to survive Hannibal Lecter. Read More »
Late at night, distraught, and coldly standing over the crib, Reed stares down at his baby girl while firmly gripping the ice-pick behind his back when he suddenly hears his wife calling him to bed. This opening scene exemplifies director Nicolas Pesce’s ability to draw an audience in and immediately set an unnerving tone. His debut film, The Eyes of My Mother, is an eerie black-and-white horror story filled with depravity and disturbing imagery that, like the anti-hero’s surgical knife, cuts deep into the comfort zones of an audience with razor-sharp precision. Inspired by the novel written by Ryû Murakami (author of Audition), Piercing takes a different approach by combining elements of horror and black comedy to deliver a macabre story about trauma as a catalyst for murder.
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It’s clear from the very beginning of director Nicolas Pesce’s Piercing that he wants us on edge. He opens with a shot of a new father Reed (Christopher Abbott) standing over his infant son with an ice pick just inches from the child’s face. Reed snaps himself out of what seems like a trance and finishes packing for what he tells his wife (Laia Costa) is a business trip but is, in fact, a carefully planned and well-rehearsed killing of a total stranger, complete with a murder kit that we get to know well over the course of the film. Read More »
This week, the bulk of the /Film crew is heading to Park City, Utah for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. This means that the coming days will be full of reviews and reactions from the year’s first major film festival, a place where major movies premiere, gems are discovered, and the basic shape of the entire year in film begins to take shape. If this Sundance is like every other Sundance, we will see some of the best movies of 2018 and discover some incredible new talent over the next week – it’s our job to put them on your radar.
But that begins tomorrow. Today, the team is en route. Today, we’re writing about our 12 most anticipated Sundance movies, the films that we’re making sure we see no matter what. And that means you should know about them, too.
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