Cinema East 2011 | Austin, TX
By Don Simpson | September 7, 2012
Jealousy can turn people into monsters, which explains the pervasive horror film tone throughout Sophia Takal’s debut feature Green. The densely forested environs are not only suffocating and ostracizing but they also lend Green a spooky and menacing horror film aesthetic. Something always appears to be lurking in the woods. Maybe it is jealousy? Maybe it is something more? I love that uncertainty; the thought that Takal’s film could turn into a total bloodbath at any moment. The tension is always there — fueled by Ernesto Carcamo’s spine-tingling score. Not knowing if and when blood would be shed truly adds to the cinematic experience; as does not knowing which way Takal will take the narrative at each intersection it reaches. Green is a purely psychological horror film — the violence is all in the mind — and one of the best I have seen in ages.
Takal won the Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival and that was not without reason. Green comes from a uniquely feminine perspective as Takal takes on the issues involved specifically in female jealousy and discusses the effect said jealousy has on personal relationships and one’s own grasp on reality. Insecurity, anxiety, and madness fester in Genevieve’s (Kate Lyn Sheil) mind due to paranoia and miscommunication; and we discover that even though Genevieve’s hatred and aggression seems to be directed towards Robin (Takal), the situation really unearths Genevieve’s true feelings for Sebastian (Lawrence Levine).
We had the honor and privilege of meeting up with the lovely and talented Sophia Takal and the equally lovely and talented Lawrence Levine before the Cinema East 2011 screening of Green in Austin. We even have this HD video footage to prove it!
Green was released by Factory 25 today.