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The changeover

Imagine - The Changeover

Miranda Harcourt / NZ, 2017 / 95 min.

Based on Margaret Mahy’s popular novel, The Changeover is a superb supernatural young adult thriller/romance.

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Teenager Laura has to take on most of her brother Jacko”s care after their father”s suicide. One day, while wandering around post-quake Christchurch, they run into an old man who gives Jacko a stamp which turns out to be a demon”s mark. To save Jacko, Laura is forced to awaken her dormant supernatural power. Based on Margaret Mahy”s popular novel, The Changeover is a superb supernatural young adult thriller/romance.

Intelligent, superbly acted and wonderfully understated, The Changeover may be meant for a younger crowd, but takes its subject matter and audience seriously. As the children's mother, Heavenly Creatures” Melanie Lynskey is in top form. Also perfectly cast is Timothy Spall, as a cross between an old-school warlock and a current-day vampire. The supernatural makes its way into the frame early on and never lets off. It”s part of the film”s fabric and never feels out of place. Apart from a beautiful sound design, the film also makes excellent use of music, a mix of an original score and well chosen songs.

(Imagine)

Details

Director

Miranda Harcourt

Production year

2017

Country

NZ

Original title

Imagine - The Changeover

Length

95 min.

Format

DCP