‘You Are Not My Mother’ is a Psychological Irish Horror Film
In You Are Not My Mother horror is reframed within the confines of a quaint Irish home where terror lies within the shocking transformation Char (Hazel Doupe) witnesses in her mother Angela (Carolyn Bracken).
Outside of the opening sequence which depicts an older woman consulting a grimoire about cleansing a baby by fire and following through with it, You Are Not My Mother doesn't feel quite like a horror film.
Changelings have been done before in folklore-based horror, but Dolan does something refreshingly new with her interpretation. As nerve-racking as some of the horror-tinged scenes are in the film, the bulk of the horror depicted is psychological and cerebral.
You Are Not My Mother is filled with metaphor, folklore, and cleverly crafted allusions that must be watched to fully understand. With this as Dolan’s first official entry into the horror realm, I look forward to seeing what Irish tales she borrows from next.
You Are Not My Mother had its world premiere this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. A release date has not yet been set.
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