Shot in stunning black and white, The Forest of Lost Souls is a Portuguese slasher film following the different lives that enter a forest which has become a popular spot for suicide.
Ricardo, a middle-aged man, and Carolina, a sullen teenager, meet by chance in the forest. Ricardo decides to commit suicide whilst Carolina helps, but the tables soon turn as they realise one of them has a much more sinister reason for visiting the forest.
Confronting a highly taboo subject like suicide is a challenge for any film maker, but The Forest of Lost Souls is blunt and violently sarcastic, with a black humour that is sustained throughout.
The costumes are especially eye-catching, with each character’s outfits subtly mirroring their psyche.
The highlight of the film, however, is how it manages to seamlessly blend arthouse cinema with violent slasher scenes. The Forest of Lost Souls is a unique experience to watch on the big screen and a definite high point of the festival.
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