Supine (2018) [Final Girls Berlin Film Festival]

“Tainted Love” Shorts Block

I could kind of see where “Supine” was headed thanks to the opening shots, but Nicole Goode’s short horror drama still managed to register as a demented peek inside of a complete and utter monster. Eva Larvoire does a bang up job playing Sylvie, a taxidermist living in France, who spends most of her time looking for dead animals on the road.

She takes them home and turns them in to statues, hoping to pay homage to their lives and give them some dignity after death. One day she stumbles upon an American hitchhiker named Oz who asks to be driven in to town. When they accidentally hit a fawn, she takes the animal home and Oz begins to bond with Sylvie. Soon she realizes the animals she deals with aren’t the only beings suffering grasps with mortality, as Oz fills her in on why he’s traveling.

“Supine” excels thanks to the way it disarms the viewer in to thinking we’re watching a completely different movie. With craftily delivered ambiguity, we’re not quite sure what Sylvie is about or what makes her tick, but when we finally reach the climax, we’re hoping we never run in to her while traveling. The performance from Nathan Davies and Eva Larvoire are great, while director Nicole Goode delivers a fractured tale of human bonding, isolation and the darker corners of our fascination with life and death.

The Final Girls Berlin Film Festival runs every year from January 31st to February 3rd.