1hr 22mins

Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s prepubescent body horror is a twisted coming-of-age tale about a young boy who attempts to uncover the sinister truth about the procedures taking place in the local seaside hospital.

Lucile Hadzihalilovic

Ten-year-old Nicolas spends his days in an isolated seaside hospital, inhabited only by young boys and the women who perform alarming medical procedures on them.

Whilst swimming in glistening waters nearby, Nicolas sees a dead body beneath the surface.

His stony-faced mother attempts to quell his suspicions, but as Nicolas attempts to uncover the truth, Evolution quickly descends into a bewildering fusion of twisting body horror, sexual awakening and strange laboratory experiments.

Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s masterful second feature is steeped in so much mystery that it evokes the sensation of a dream, one constantly on the verge of descending into a nightmare.

When creating the world of Evolution, director Lucile Hadzihalilovic was inspired by her own traumatic childhood experience of being operated on, reversing the genders of her own story to create the film’s disquieting matriarchal society, which acts as an unsettling mirror image of the power structures of our own world.

Her use of deeply disturbing body horror reflects the sensation of awakening to your surroundings and developing a mistrust of those you are told are there to protect you.

Evolution’s phenomenal world-building, elevated by ethereal cinematography by Manuel Dacosse, creates an alluring experience that is as hypnotic as it is repulsive, leaving you with more questions than answers.

Evolution screens as a part of The Monstrous-Feminine film season – to find out more click here.


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