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‘Tabloid Vivant’ is a Strange Arthouse Flick (Review)

Written by: Paula Limbaugh

Directed by: Kyle Broom

Cast: Jesse Woodrow (Max), Tamzin Brown (Sara), Chris Carlisle (Rob)

This is a strange movie, indeed! More of an arthouse film than one to be viewed by your usual horror audience. What looks to be a 1950’s film noir at the beginning dissolves into a psychedelic trip by the end. There is such of mix up of different film techniques used from old school to digital that the flow of viewing can get a little disjointed, almost as if they were trying too hard to make this an artistic piece of work. While I can appreciate the effort that was put into the filming it did make for a confusing view at times.

As for the story itself, it was dark and unsettling. As the title states, this is a movie about living art. Max is an artist on the verge of creating a new form of art and Sara, an art critic wants to chronicle his journey. The two decide to isolate themselves from outside influences and rent a cabin in the woods where they can work. Thus begins their surreal trip into madness.

Using Sara as his model, Max begins to capture her very essence into his work. We watch as the once vibrant Sara begins to deteriorate and Max begins to lose himself to his surroundings. As the two begin to lose touch with reality their friend Rob becomes concerned and decides to break the rules of no contact and visits them. What he finds is a living nightmare!

I actually liked the storyline, but the movie itself could be tedious at times. No fault of the actors, though. Their chemistry and the complexity of their characters being brought to life is stellar. I think the bottom line is… if you are looking for a jump-scare flick, don’t bother to see this. But, if you appreciate a slow build up and the use of different film techniques do check it out. You can take a look at the trailer below!

Rating: 3/5

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