There’s so much bubbling beneath the surface co-writer director Marcin Wrona’s supernatural drama that I feel confident in saying that one viewing wasn’t enough to fully absorb it—and for someone not intimately familiar with Polish World War II-era history, even a few more viewings might not be sufficient. On the eve of his wedding on the family property of his fiancée, Ẑaneta (Agnieszka Zulewska), Piotr (Itay Tiran) finds a human skeleton—and soon thereafter begins exhibiting strange behavior. The actual dybbuk possession takes a relatively small role in the story; this is far from a jump-scare thriller. Instead, it’s an insinuating tale of an attempt to bury the nation’s history connected to the persecution of Jews, set at a party where the bride’s father (Andrzej Grabowsk) seems extremely interested in making sure everyone stays drunk and dancing while Piotr freaks out. The manner in which Wrona skirts around the edges of the backstory, and who might know more than they’re letting on, could prove frustrating, yet there’s something relentlessly unsettling about the various characters’ individual responses to ghosts that refuse to stay conveniently buried.
Director: Marcin Wrona
Producer: Marcin Wrona and Olga Szymanska
Cast: Itay Tiran, Tomasz Schuchardt, Andrzej Grabowski, Adam Woronowicz, Wlodzimierz Press, Tomasz Zietek, Katarzyna Gniewkowska, Agnieszka Zulewska, Cezary Kosinski, Maja Barelkowska, Maria Debska and Piotr Domalewski