LUCIFERINA Blu-ray Review
Argentinean Gonzalo Calzada directs a visually explosive film where religion, innocence, repressed sexuality and evil spectacularly collide. Natalia is a 19-year-old novice who reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father. But when she meets up with her sister and her friends, she decides instead to travel the jungle in search of a mystical plant. There, instead of pleasure, they find a world of Black Masses, strange pregnancies, bloody deaths and for the nun herself, a sexually violent clash with the Devil himself.
Directed By: Gonzalo Calzada
Written By: Gonzalo Calzada
Starring: Sofía Del Tuffo (Natalia), Marta Lubos (Hermana Gregoria), Pedro Merlo (Abel), Malena Sánchez (Ángela), Francisco Donovan (Mauro), Stefanía Koessl (Mara), Gastón Cocchiarale (Osvaldo), Desirée Gloria Salgueiro (Clara), Tomás Lipan (Chamán)
Genre: Horror & Mystery
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 114 Minutes
- 5.1 Surround
- Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
- Resolution: 1080p
- Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
- Subtitles: English
I give Luciferina a B.
Natalia (Sofía Del Tuffo) returns home after the news of her mother’s passing and her father clinging to life. Once home, she follows her sister Ángela (Malena Sánchez) to the jungle to find a Shaman who has this medicine that can help you see the truth. Instead of light, she faces dark as she finds out where she comes from and comes face to face with the Devil.
I really enjoyed this film. It wasn’t scary but something about it kept me watching. You really felt for the main character, Natalia. She not only has a curse but a gift. She could see Auroras. When we were first introduced to this in the film (with the Auroras), I thought it was something evil about her or something controlling her. But later it was revealed that she sees colors around people and the vision is somewhat magical.
There are many things I liked about this film. I liked the relationship between Natalia and Abel. They were two misunderstood people who had this connection from the start. Like I said before, this film wasn’t scary but something kept me watching. There was a mystery throughout this film that was revealed at the end. We didn’t know who Natalie was. You were drawn into the film with this character, this girl. I like the old women that helped Natalie perform the ritual to expel the demon from Abel. She had this wisdom to her. Though she didn’t survive, she gave Natalie the tools to defeat this Demon or the Devil. This film is a bit sexual but it’s not distracting as it fits in perfectly with the story.
This is a film entirely in Spanish with subtitles. Don’t let this deter you from watching it. The subtitles were easy to follow except for a few scenes where the actors were talking really fast but I was still able to follow what they were saying and enjoy the film.
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