Alyce (2011)

Swedish Njuta Films 2012 DVD edition

Text below written 2018-10-18


Two films in One - First an interesting indie-drama-thriller about a bewildered mentally ill young woman with a fantastic performance
from the beautiful Jade Dornfeld ..... Then, hysterical gore turning the film into black comedy mode. !??

Fascinating says the DVD cover, and for once i have to agree with a DVD sleeve , the film for sure was fascinating and unusual.
The problem for me was that i got so involved with the dark drama and felt let down when the film turned into a black comedy.
I would've preferred if the director, scriptwriter and cinematographer had finished the first movie, and then made a gore movie.


WARNING! SPOILERS BELOW! SPOILERS BELOW!

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The beautiful Alyce works with finance in some office and she goes out partying with her friend Carroll Lewis (Tamara Feldman),
a not so subtle reference to Alice in Wonderland, and Alyce going down the hole, in her journey into Madness.
She accidently, or not, pushes her friend from a roof (who almost dies), buys dangerous drugs from the nasty, if intellectual, dealer
Rex (in a nice performance from Eddie Rouse) and mishandles her job. Then, already having some mental problems, she snaps.

In a GREAT performance Jade Dornfeld's Alyce, already from the start, emits mental unbalance and in the scene where she and
Carroll goes clubbing, an acquaintance comments that she's a cold fish and probably psychotic. We, the viewers and probably
the fictious people in the film however, doesn't take any note, we feel attracted to her, she's likeable, a mild-mannered and beautiful
young woman. But, he sees through her armour, her physical beauty, and senses the true Alyce.

Alyce is a Monster

I had a hard time watching the scene where she murders her seriously hurt friend Carroll, lying hurt and helpless in her hospital
bed, and absolutely terrified seing Alyce, the one who pushed her from the roof. Without a tongue and with a badly smashed
face she tries to scream, full with panic in her eyes, when Alyce calmly smother her to death with a pillow.
One of the most nasty and inhuman scenes i've ever seen, and i still feel bad when thinking about it. Alyce is a Monster, and
goes on a murder spree .... and this almost haunting drama and psychological thriller then turns into a black comedy with Gore,
and prime hysterical gore that is. OK, not what i had hoped for but the film is still an interesting viewing.

The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen with an english audio 5.1 stereo (with swedish subtitles).
As extras only a trailer and a slideshow.

 

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