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Allure Review

by Charles Trapunski
3.5 out of 5 stars

This is the kind of film that is not for everyone, but I found it to be a very worthy companion, and hopefully so will you. Directors Carlos and Jason Sanchez bathe the opening scenes in darkness and deep shades of red and the ominous foreboding of the initial scenes don’t portend a sense of catharsis that is to come. Laura heads to what we assume to be an unhappy sexual encounter. Evan Rachel Wood plays Laura as rough-edged and sharp, her haircut fitting the character to a T. In the course of this intimate and loveless exchange, the Sanchez brothers establish a tone that suggests “take it or look away”.

In fact, this permanence of melancholy continues into Laura’s work life, as she cleans homes for her father (Denis O’Hare) and a stiff parental figure (Shadowhunters‘ Maxim Roy) for a young piano prodigy Eva (Julia Sarah Stone, very unlike her character in the recent The Space Between). The older Laura leads Eva away, but together mire in self-harm. The iconography takes a sharp turn at the end.

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