Hostile is the debut feature film by 14 year old French director Nathan Ambrosioni. This in itself can be seen as an achievement, especially since the film does not feel at all like it is directed by a teenager. If anything, it is apparent that Ambrosioni is a fan of the horror genre and Hostile is a mix of different types of films in the genre, including haunted house and demonic possession films. Something strange is definitely going on with the sisters of Emilie and Anna, who are always talking about having to do the things that "he" tells them to do, which includes learning how to kill.
Hostile can probably be best described as a partial found footage film, as it features footage shot by the two news reporters or paranormal investigators Jessica (Magali Gouyon) and Daniel (Julien Croquet). The film switches back between the found footage and a conventionally shot narrative, before settling on the former for the final act. The film does play a bit with viewer expectation and once you are sure where it is going to go, the plot goes off in another direction. Altogether, Hostile is a well-done first effort by a 14 year old Nathan Ambrosioni.
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- Tue, Aug 4, 7:30 PM - J.A. De Seve Theatre