The protagonist of Háblame is a girl plunged into mourning for the death of her mother. Her trauma is concentrated in the sad and captivating gaze of actress Sophie Wilde. The bulging pupils of her large, bulging eyes are a central and recurring image, symbols of the dark pit down which the drama of this diabolical and unsettling teen horror film plunges. Talk to me is the surprising first film by Australian youtubers Danny and Michael Philippou, which shows ways to become a successful saga.
The film revolves around the wildest spiritualism, invoked in sessions that revolve around a mysterious embalmed white hand capable of connecting the participants with a series of tortured and wandering spirits. A trance understood —not without a certain morality— as a hallucinogenic pseudo-drug whose bestial high consists of allowing yourself to be possessed by a foreign body.
A group of teenagers records their esoteric jerks on their mobiles and spreads them on their social networks, a contemporary narcotic that breaks down the barriers between reality and fiction. The journey through the white hand and the ubiquitous mobile represents a twist on the classic invocation of evil on the Ouija board, a new bridge capable of summoning an addictive darkness that, between screens and dilated pupils, unleashes a crescendo in the that the participants will end up trapped in a suicide game.
Danny and Michael Philippou, twins known for the satirical horror of their YouTube channel RackaRacka, with seven million followers, manage to go beyond teen horror clichés thanks to an unexpected narrative pulse and an atmosphere of strange melancholy. Selected for the Sundance festival and in the hands of the talent scouts of the producer and distributor A24, Háblame drags the viewer into the void of its characters: bored and lost children playing with the crossfire of technology and hell.
In this way, the plot rushes into the sordid fall of the most vulnerable characters and into the violent denouement of the film that, with a couple of sequences whose gore horror is hard to bear, sustains a crescendo around the addiction to that white hand. whose dangerous effects everyone wants to taste.
Guided by a dark and insane intensity, Háblame moves through the mother-child drama with a restlessness typical of adolescent loneliness and anxiety. Danny and Michael Philippou achieve a horror film that, although it refers to commonplaces, knows how to reach its own destination in which boredom and mobile phones (the director couple have already filmed a continuation narrated from these devices and its reflection in social networks) show their most tragic and fatal side.
Dirección: Danny Philippou, Michael Philippou.
Cast: Sophie Wilde, Alexandra Jensen, Joe Bird, Miranda Otto.
Genre: horror. Australia, 2022.
Duration: 95 minutes.
Premiere: August 11.
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