In Peter Brunner’s “Luzifer,” a mom and her grownup son, Maria and Johannes, dwell remoted from society in a distant alpine cabin. Maria (Susanne Jensen) is a recovering alcoholic who turned to faith to flee her vices, and imparts the teachings of a pious existence onto Johannes (Franz Rogowski), who capabilities on the developmental degree of a kid. The 2 spend their days subsistence farming, or engaged in deep prayer and sacred rituals.
When a developer arrives within the space to construct a ski raise for vacationers, the pastoral lifetime of this household is threatened. Maria receives offended calls about promoting her land, however when she refuses, the builders’ techniques change into violently aggressive. She falls in poor health, ostensibly from the emotional turmoil, and Johannes should save her.
“Luzifer” conjures palpable unease, rattling the nervous system. The cinematographer Peter Flinckenberg renders this world with an icy aura. The complete movie feels enveloped in a chilly fog, and at occasions, haunting photographs, like a mutilated corpse in a close-by lake, flash by. Tim Hecker’s spectral rating pierces the drama all through, immersing us in a disturbing, transfixing universe.
This thriller is formidable, considering the sinister and possessive grip of non secular fanaticism; the risks of capitalist greed; the reverberations of Oedipal want; familial trauma and abuse, amongst different themes. However its mental aspiration produces an ideologically crowded movie, the place every philosophical meditation struggles to obtain the eye and depth it deserves. Maybe that’s the level: Brunner appears to wish to go away us with extra questions than solutions — or at the very least, compel us to seek for the satan in every part.
Not rated. In German, with subtitles. Working time: 1 hour 43 minutes. Watch on Mubi.