Paul Solet breaks into the genre with an original, atmospheric, and creepy tale that will make you think twice before having kids... A young woman decides to have a still-birth after her husband and as yet unborn child are killed in a car accident. After delivering while in the care of her midwife, Grace wills the infant back to life, but is the child that returns the same one that was taken from her? GRACE capitalizes on every parents fears of suffocating in-laws, infant mortality, isolation, and post-partem depression, and takes each of these fears to their absolute extremes in the form of a dark satire. Jordan Ladd is devastating as Grace, leaving the audience floored in the wake of her emotive and painful performance. Her slow descent into madness is perfectly executed, and mirrored in the cinematography, lighting, and set design as the film grows progressively darker. In many ways, it feels like a modern twist on Polanski's REPULSION. The supporting players offer strong and quirky entries, each with slightly off-setting characters that are grounded but intimidating in their roles. There is mild gore throughout the picture, but what it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up in stomach-churning, fist-tightening disgust. Reports that two people fainted during its premiere may create the wrong impression, as it is the intensity of the suspense paired with natural body horror that has pushed several audience members past their breaking points. GRACE instills true horror, relatable horror, and it is the events that are based in reality that are even more effective than the supernatural elements of the plot. It is one of the strongest Independent Horror efforts in years, and comes highly recommended!
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