In the Vanguard program guide, Spring is described as “Before Sunrise with a supernatural twist in this tale of an American backpacker in Italy who falls in love with a beautiful young woman harbouring a dark, primordial secret.”
And that love does certainly look nice in the picturesque still above. But I have said before that relationships with dead girls just don’t work and so I’m a little concerned. Maybe she’s not dead. Maybe she’s not a vampire. After all ancient tomes and grimoires on vampirism don’t mention anything about molting. [The Vanguard Blog does have an extension collection of Dark and Infernal Books, Tomes, Grimoires and Codices dedicated to many subjects including vampirism, Ryan Reynolds and mole crickets ~The Editor]
These vampires need napkins, but they’re definitely not molting.
Though vampire David Bowie does seem to molt a bit in The Hunger and that didn’t work out for him at all. He ended up in a box stored in Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon’s attic.
It’s quite possible that the woman in Spring is some sort of natural spirit and there is something like a huldra situation going on. That did not go well in Thale, but as Christopher Walken says, you’d always know how someone with a tail felt.
Maybe the woman in Spring is some kind of veiny ghost who molts a little now and then. I mean I’ve seen the most beautiful ghost ladies have some issues.
Or she could be a disturbing post-modern Galatea, a woman made as a gift for another, like the Bride. That one ends in a murder-suicide.
But it’s possible that I’m too pessimistic about supernatural love. I mean, it worked out in The Ghost And Mrs. Muir. The widowed Mrs. Muir has a lovely life with her ghostly beloved whom only she can see.
And Macarena Gómez‘ character in Dagon got her happily ever after despite her “dark, primordial secret.” Sure, there were some rough patches on her road to happiness, but what relationship doesn’t have those?
See if it works out for those crazy kids (and that dead bird) when Spring premieres tonight!
SPRING screening times:
Fri., Sept 5th, 6:00 PM, BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA
Sun., Sept 7th 7:00 PM, SCOTIABANK 4
Sat., Sept 13th, 3:15 PM, SCOTIABANK 3
Macarena Gómez without tentacles in SHREW’S NEST:
Thu., Sept. 4th, 8:45 PM, SCOTIABANK 2
Fri. Sept. 5th, 3:00 PM, BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA
Sun., Sept. 14th, 6:30 PM, TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX 2
And enjoy some non-molting vampires in WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS:
Fri. Sept. 12th, 11:59 PM, RYERSON
Sat. Sept. 13th, 9:30 PM, SCOTIABANK 12
Sun. Sept. 14th, 3:45 PM, SCOTIABANK 3
This post was originally published on the Toronto International Film Festival’s Vanguard Program Blog.