Gabriel Byrne has an effective turn in "Hereditary" but Toni Collette, above, is overwhelming.
Photo courtesy of A24 via AP
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
In "Hereditary" Annie (Toni Collette), an artist and mother of two teenagers, sneaks out to a grief support group following the death of her mother, she tells her husband Steve (Gabriel Byrne) that she's "going to the movies".Annie makes elaborate and autobiographical miniatures (following the obit is a slow shot into one of her dioramas, seamlessly morphing into her son's bedroom) and she'll later recreate the funeral service."She was a very difficult woman," says Annie, "which maybe explains me".The mother may be dead, but she can just as surely control her daughter's life from beyond the grave. Aster, who also wrote the film, fills his film with signposts that give the gruesome events to come a cruel note of inevitability.Byrne is, as ever, a figure of reason, resistant to his wife's ever rising paranoia, but this is, overwhelmingly, Collette's film.Is Annie's mother a supernatural force or is Annie conjuring her own insanity?
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE