Stoker

Rated R 98 minutes 2013

India Stoker: a name to conjure with. And Mia Wasikowska’s role as a bewildered teenager dealing with her father’s recent death, her vicious mother (Nicole Kidman), and the arrival of India’s smarmy Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) is much more than just a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt. It’s a winning come-out roll of the dice for South Korean shockmeister Park Chan-wook, his debut English-language film and his first with more-or-less-major Hollywood talent. Wasikowska, Kidman, and Goode live up to the filmmaker’s spooky reputation — Oldboy, Thirst — and take Park’s patented disturbing, iconographic visuals still deeper into the emotional misery pit. Chung Chung-huan’s cinematography is also a wonder to behold. If this is what Park is capable of, we’re in for a frightening/wonderful time at the movies as he carves his stateside career. The screenplay, which functions mostly as a convenient hook for the images, is by Wentworth Miler and Erin Cressida Miller. (98 min.)

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Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/stoker

Director: Park Chan-wook

Producer: Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Michael Costigan, Steven Rales and Mark Roybal

Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Jacki Weaver, Dermot Mulroney, Alden Ehrenreich, Phyllis Somerville, Ralph Brown, Harmony Korine and Lucas Till

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