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#FantasticFest2022 'HUESERA' - movie review

The anticipation of a child can be so nerve wrecking it can unbend your soul. In the film from Michelle Garza Cervea HUESERA we see the extremes get taken to the limit. A woman on the verge of a breakdown is now coping with bringing a child into the world. How she handles herself and the weird circumstances surrounding her makes for an intense stark film. Beating the drum for feminism while weaving in an old shamans tale makes HUESERA one of the stronger supernatural films we will see this year.

HUESERA stars the brilliant Natalia Solian as Valeria. A former punk rock Mexican extremist with a penchant for working with her hands. Her and her husband finally have their wish. She's pregnant. Solian steals the movie from the start with her alluring eyes and consistent need of a bone cracking hair raising release. How she handles her body could have been a horror films by its own. It adds plenty of depth to the environment as you are trying to understand the anguish she is going through. The flash back segments were fantastic and it helps with the clarity of a relationship viewers will witness in HUESERA. While the scares show up in bunches the film does taper off towards the end to try and round out the overall tale.

Depending on how you feel about the special effects will make or break HUESERA. Personally I think it's a very well done Mexican nod to classic Japanese horror. I know that's a mouthful but hear me out. The look and dynamic of HUESERA will snatch you back to early 2000's Japanese horror. That's ever so rewarding for a new generation unfamiliar with these films but that may not be the case with veterans of moviegoers. Hopefully they will see the rewarding performance and very unique story attached with the film. That is what made HUESERA stand out at Fantastic Fest and It should stand out as one of the better supernatural films of the year.

3.5 / 5

HUESERA is directed by Michelle Garza Cervera and stars Natalia Solián, Alfonso Dosal, Mayra Batalla, Mercedes Hernández, Sonia Couoh and Aida López.

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