THIS MOVIE slipped under the radar last year, and whilst part of me can understand the reasons why.
Largely this movie is not to everyone’s taste and it’s raw, independent vibe can put certain viewers off, who are used to the polished, Hollywood mainstream.
Antibirth though is definitely worth of closer scrutiny as it embarks in an area not often looked upon, body horror, and even more so, the effect of pregnancy.
It often feels like a strange hybrid between something that David Cronenberg would produce and 1997’s Nowhere, with its strange and complex tale.
Namely, we follow Natasha Lyonne’s (Orange Is The New Black, Yoga Hosers) character, Lou, a drug-addled, pill-popping woman living in a remote town in Montana.
Unwittingly, she had become a part of a science experiment when her dealers use her as a science experiment with a new drug that they are pushing.
The side effects of which, induce pregnancy in women.
The question is, without the ‘usual’ method of insemination, who are what is growing inside her?
Lyonne has her character down pat and infuses some of the type of roles that she has become known for struggling with drug dependency.
She is ably supported by some notable female actors though in the under-used Chloe Sevigny (potentially just ringing this one in) as Lou’s friend, Sadie, and the welcome sight of Meg Tilly on the big screen as a quirky, eccentric stranger with more than a few secrets of her own.
Ultimately, it’s a strange concoction though, which some critics have described as muddled and confusing, and with no sense of direction.
But I for one, for one found it refreshing, despite the feeling of swimming upstream in treacle.
There’s enough intrigue to keep you within the story as Lou’s plight and body transformation elevates into the bizarre and grotesque.
This is only Danny Perez’s second feature, (which he wrote and directed) and if he were able to harness his voice whilst maintaining that raw energy throughout, he could very well be a director to keep an eye on in the future.
- Paul Farrell