Stoker

Stoker 18

Director: Chanwook Park
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode
Origin: United States
Duration: 98m

Stoker is an unmissable work from Park Chan-wook, the cult director of Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. There are echoes of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Shadow of a Doubt in the story of India Stoker, a young woman devastated by the death of her father in a car accident. Then Uncle Charlie arrives to spend quality time with India and her fragile mother Evie. India’s instincts tell her that the mysterious Charlie should not be taken at face value and yet she becomes increasingly infatuated with him in a twisted thriller that is not for the fainthearted. Glasgow Film Festival

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Colin Shanks said:

Mia Wasikowska makes a marvellous breakthrough performance as shy young girl who, after the sudden death of her father is captivated by her estranged Uncle.
From Oldboy director Chan Wook Park, this is both a visual and audial treat, with subtlety and style in abundance. Nicole Kidman plays the glass-fragile mother, while Matthew Goode is ice cold as Uncle Charlie, returning from his world wide travels to attend his brothers funeral.
Probably not to everyone's taste, (Claudia Winkleman hated it - so it must be good!) this may emerge as a Marmite film... But it's worth watching just to see and hear it!
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