incubation It’s a horror full of embarrassment and social commentary. Hanna Bergholm’s story about a girl with a bird monster is a shocking horror story, and you’ll get more and more terrified as this picturesque fairy tale gets ugly. Bergholm’s efficiency is admirable, and the fun of the movie is how the situation plays out.
The film opens with an explanation of the bizarre adventure that viewers are about to embark on, a haunting nursery rhyme that can penetrate anyone’s skin. The story then revolves around a suburban mum (Sophia Heikkilä) with a dainty camera phone and a plastic smile as she blogs about her perfect family. Soon, Bergholm’s film takes an unsettling turn when a bird ruins the perfect family moment, adding fuel to the dark upbringing of a young Tinja (Siiri Soalinna).
After the bird incident, Tinja ventures into the forest and discovers a mysterious egg she decides to take home. She feeds the egg until it grows and hatches. However, Tinja soon discovered that eggs of this size would only cause trouble. Bergholm didn’t make his audience wait for revelation. The discovery of the egg, its contents, Tinja’s storyline, and her mother’s story are all presented in the first 30 minutes of the film. incubation is a beautiful work that combines the romantic, soft, ornate design of Tinja’s childhood home with the horror of Tinja’s bird boy and the darkness behind his mother’s smirk. Every room is impeccably designed, and Jarkko T. Laine’s photography elevates it all. The film isn’t soaked in blood or filled with heart-pounding horror; instead, it’s a visually intoxicating attempt to transform what could be an endearing childhood fable.
Siiri Solalinna is put to the test as a young actress when Tinja’s bird girl Alli begins to transform into her evil doppelganger. Tinja is a girl overwhelmed by her mother’s expectations, and Solalinna’s performance aptly depicts Tinja’s spirit slowly but surely fading. He was lifeless when dealing with his mother, but there was a hint of joy when he found the eggs. Ali, on the other hand, is like a side of Jordan Peele. us, very human-like, but at the mercy of animal instincts. Once Allie begins to transform into Tinja, the ending becomes clear. However, the film deftly crafts a story that unfolds in an exciting way. incubation It is the embodiment of the journey rather than the destination.
Bergholm’s film addresses motherhood fears and illustrates what Tinja is going through by having her mother appear constantly throughout the film. Tinja’s story always takes center stage, but when she sees her mother’s life from her own perspective, viewers understand just how disturbing her mother’s tactics can be. For the largest part, incubation A cautionary tale about the pursuit of perfection and how harmful high expectations can be. The bird monster is just a tool for Tinja to overcome her fear of being the perfect daughter and gymnast and become herself. The bird monster is also a grotesque example of Tinja’s resentment for her mother’s increasing abuse. Bergholm deftly handles every part of his story, leading the audience to a conclusion that fits the story he’s telling.
incubation It’s a cinematic achievement. It’s aesthetically pleasing, it tells a layered story, it’s well-paced, and the actors act beautifully. There was a never-ending tension from the start. However, the protagonist of the film is young Solalina, who is an amazing person. incubation is about the terrifying horror of the monster lurking behind the perfection. Through careful consideration of production and cinematography, Bergholm’s cautionary tale has been elevated from must-see to horror.
incubation It opens in limited theaters on Friday, April 29. The film is 97 minutes long and unrated.
4.5 out of 5 (Basic)
Hatching Review: Bergholm’s Debut Feature Is An Exceptional, Unsettling Horror
Hatching is a horror that is steeped in discomfort and social commentary. Hanna Bergholm’s tale of a girl who nurtures a bird monster is an impactful horror that will have one growing more and more anxious as this quaint fairytale turns ugly. There is an efficiency to Bergholm’s directing that is greatly admirable and the joy of the film is how this situation is drawn out.
The film’s opening spells out the bizarre adventure the audience is about to embark on with disturbing child-like singing that can get under anyone’s skin. The story then turns to a suburban mom (Sophia Heikkilä) with an extended camera phone stick and a plastic smile planted on her face as she blogs her perfect family. Quickly, Bergholm’s film takes a turn for the unsettling with a bird ruining this picture-perfect family moment and thus igniting young Tinja’s (Siiri Solalinna) dark coming-of-age story.
After the bird incident, Tinja ventures out into the woods and finds a mysterious egg she decides to bring home. She tends to the egg until it grows large and hatches. An egg of that size can only be trouble, however, as Tinja quickly discovers. Bergholm doesn’t have her audience wait for the reveals. The discovery of the egg, what’s inside, the setup of Tinja’s story arc, as well as that of her mother’s, are all laid out within the first 30 minutes of the film. Hatching is a gorgeous production that juxtaposes the romantic, pastel and floral-heavy design of Tinja’s family home with the hideousness of Tinja’s bird-child and the darkness behind her mother’s fake smiles. Each room is impeccably designed, and the cinematography from Jarkko T. Laine heightens everything. This film isn’t drenched in blood or overflowing with heart-stopping scares — instead, it is a visually luscious endeavor that flips what could be a cute children’s fable on its head.
Siiri Solalinna is tested as a young actress when Tinja’s bird-child, named Alli, begins to transform into her evil doppelganger. Tinja is a child being crushed by her mother’s expectations, and Solalinna’s performance adequately conveys how Tinja’s spirit is slowly but surely being diminished. She is lifeless when she interacts with her mother, but a tiny spark of joy appears when she discovers the egg. On the other hand, Alli is like a tethered from Jordan Peele’s Us, remarkably human-like but overruled by animalistic instincts. Once Allie begins to morph into Tinja, it becomes clear what the endgame is. However, the film masterfully crafts a story that is exciting in how it plays out. Hatching is the epitome of the journey being better than the destination.
Bergholm’s film tackles the horror of maternity and exemplifies what Tinja is going through by having her mother be a constant presence throughout the film. Tinja’s story is always front and center, but by viewing her mother’s life from her point of view, viewers understand how deeply upsetting her mother’s tactics are. For the most part, Hatching is a cautionary tale about the pursuit of perfection and how damaging high expectations are. The bird monster is merely a tool to have Tinja work through her anxieties of being the perfect daughter and gymnast and growing into her own. The bird monster is also a grotesque illustration of the resentment Tinja has festering within her as her mother’s abuse ramps up with each passing day. Bergholm handles each piece of her story with a deft hand, leading audiences to a conclusion befitting the story she tells.
Hatching is quite a filmmaking achievement. It is aesthetically pleasing, tells a layered story, is well-paced, and beautifully acted by the cast. A tension permeates from the very beginning that never lets up. However, the star of this film is young Solalinna, who is a marvel to behold. Hatching is an unsettling horror about the monster that lurks behind perfection. With careful consideration of production and cinematography, Berghholm’s cautionary tale rises from a must-see to a horror staple.
Hatching opened in limited theaters on Friday, April 29. The film is 97 minutes long and is not rated.
4.5 out of 5 (Must-See)
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