Neo-Giallo Sadistic Thriller
United States, 81', vo ENG, sub FRA, 16 Year
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Bond, Christopher Abbott
About to go on a business trip, Redd kisses his wife and son goodbye, then leaves. Except he is not really going to travel. He goes to the hotel room he had booked in order to fulfil desires he has been restraining since childhood and prepares to murder the prostitute he has hired with the tools in his luggage. At least, that’s the plan, because his intricate scheme is going to take a very unexpected turn.
Piercing is a Murakami Ryū short story adaptation conceived as a stirring homage to 1970s Italian cinema. Making good use of split screens and giallo-inspired music, Nicolas Pesce anchors his surrealistic and sadomasochistic world within a referential frame that makes it a pure cinephile pleasure. The strange relationship that develops between the main characters is both fascinating and unsettling. It questions customs and redefines the game of cat and mouse. How could we complain?
Born in 1990, Nicolas Pesce studied at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He directed over 30 videos for artists such as Snoop Dogg and The Black Keys before going into feature films. His excellent horror film The Eyes of My Mother propelled him to the world’s stage in 2016 at the Sundance festival. Pesce also created an animated show Malcolm McDowell and J.K. Simmons were involved with. Piercing is his second feature. He is currently working on a new version of The Grudge.