Cinema Saturday, 2/6/21

The Blackcoat’s Daughter

Year: 2015
Runtime: 1h 33m
Rated: R

Director: Osgood Perkins

Writer: Osgood Perkins

Stars: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton

“I look for Him in the unlikely things that happen. Little coincidences.”

Initial: Figured I’d watch Oz Perkins’ first movie (the only one I hadn’t watched yet).

Production Notes: The original title of this film was February. I watched it on January 31st.

What Did I Think:
I can safely say that I like Osgood Perkins as a writer/director. His movies are probably not for everyone. They are slow and ponderous, but in only the best way. They’re unsettling and claustrophobic. The Blackcoat’s Daughter has more plot then I Am the Pretty Thing…, but is maybe the least interesting looking of the three movies Perkins has made (the other being Gretel & Hansel). Honestly, the problem cinemagraphically was that the cuts were too fast. I’ve become to used to the camera in Perkins’ movies lingering much longer than expected. With a contemporary setting, it is the movie of his that has stuck with me the longest, making my uneasy late at night.

One annoyance, plot-wise… (spoilers ahead)
Joan didn’t look older than the other girls to me. I guess that’s good for ambiguity’s sake; the plot twist is reliant on paying attention. But I ended up confused for a while because I thought I mis-heard a line of dialog.

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