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What can the Incarnation offer to those who feel possessed by mental illness?
Well-regarded movies about the demonic should have us all sitting up and taking note. Hereditary is just such a film. It's proving to be the horror darling of 2018, currently enjoying a 90-percent approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes and having earned the biggest box-office debut ever for distributor A24.
Plot - Suffice - Film - Annie - Toni
The less revealed about the plot, the better. Suffice to say, the film opens with Annie (Toni Collette) and her family burying Annie’s estranged mother. In his English class at school, Annie’s son (Alex Wolff) listens to his teacher talk about the narrative form of tragedy, in which characters ignore every warning sign along the road to their inevitable downfall. Sure enough, evil begins to consume the family in ways they might have seen coming.
An early scene finds Annie at a support group for grieving relatives. Encouraged to talk about her mom, Annie blurts out her family's history of mental illness, including depression and dissociative identity disorder. We also learn that Annie herself has long struggled with mental health issues. But as the film progresses, it becomes clear something even more sinister is at work.
Cultures - History - Globe - Versions - Possession
Cultures throughout human history and around the globe have versions of possession stories: malevolent spirits that taunt, afflict, or even take control of living persons. The result is a form of theft. Even when possession is willing, it brings about the destruction of the possessed person. The deep psychological horror of Hereditary creeps upon us as we witness characters losing themselves to something else. (Mental illness? A demon?) Director Ari Aster subjects us to long, scoreless tracking shots that force us to bear witness to characters battling hopelessly against that thing within them that feels so unlike who they want to be.
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