Cinema Clips: Demon

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A couple (Itay Tiran and Agnieszka Zulewska) have the worst…wedding…ever in Poland after the groom has seemingly become possessed with the ghost of a Yiddish woman. The groom’s possession comes after arriving at the old house he and his soon-to-be wife are to live in. He goes for one of those creepy nighttime walks, sees an apparition, gets sucked into the ground, and it all goes bad from there. His behavior goes from belligerence with wedding guests, to all out seizures and, ultimately, talking in another language to a man who knew the ghost when she was alive.

Director and co-writer Marcin Wrona has crafted his movie in a way that is funny, creepy, genuinely disturbing, and just the right amount of insane.

Tiran is excellent as the guy who rushes into marriage without knowing his in-laws all that well, and Zulewska is equally good as a woman who might not have picked the right guy after all.

The film is based upon a Jewish haunting legend called they dybbuk, but it also acts as a nice parable about the dangers of rushing into matrimony. Wrona made a good movie, and it’s too bad we won’t get more from him. He took his own life at a film festival where this movie was in competition.

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