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Wounds (2019): Drama / Horror / Mystery

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A world of obscurity and darkness gradually surrounds a bartender after finding a phone left at his bar.

At first, everyone’s merry. People ‘necking’ life in shot glasses seems like the way to go in a world full of worries. Then, different people who don’t belong to that world leave behind this phone which carries… wounds that people from neither world can possibly comprehend. And then, no one’s merry anymore. And then everyone discovers their dark side…

Friends of mine were calling me over the last few months asking me if I have watched Wounds. My response was ‘no, should I watch it?’ and their reply was something along the lines of ‘no, coz it sucks balls!’. What can I say? I’m a bad listener. Or am I? So, I watched it. And so should you. Wounds is based on Nathan Ballingrud’s novella ‘The Visible Filth’ which I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t read so I can’t comment on the adaptation, compare, or contrast it. As a film in itself though, Wounds will get your undivided attention. Do not try to rationalise it. Do not try to give meaning to every word spoken or the staccato editing choices rapidly presented to you. Just watch it looking towards every corner of your screen as the mise-en-scène meticulously frames what you need to know. When, out of the blue, the end credits appear, give it a minute or two to move past the ‘WTF just happened’ feeling, try not to go apeshit as well, and only then start putting things into perspective. And even then, good luck!

Armie Hammer, Dakota Johnson, and Zazie Beetz do a brilliant job in front of the camera. Behind it, Babak Anvari, director of the eerie, paranormal Iranian horror Under the Shadow (2016), shakes hands with Netflix, defies canon and Hollywood’s jumpscares and goes for long tracking shots and slow editing to haunt New Orleans and unify two worlds that should have never been brought together.

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Published by akraefnis

I got hooked with the TV and Film production immediately after school. Working and studying it at the same time, I managed to go through various Production and Postproduction stages in the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation. After years of work, and after having finished my Bachelor in Communication I went to the U.K. to specialise in visual effects by doing my Masters Degree and by being certified in Video Editing by Apple. In 2011, I won the "Nostimon Imar" Award (Best Greek Director Abroad) for my short film "Ithaca" that I wrote, edited and directed. The following year, I donated my documentary "Asperger Syndrome: Myths & Reality" to the National Autistic Society in the U.K. I live and work in the U.K. as freelance Video Editor and Camera Operator in corporate videos, fashion shows, and documentaries. Furthermore, I am doing my PhD in Film at the University of Nottingham.

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