Luz: The Flower of Evil – sins committed in the name of God
Luz opens up with a vacant woodland, bones scattered everywhere. You know within a few seconds that it is going to be a visual gift. The scenery, the beautiful camera work and lighting sets the tone for something wonderful.
We then meet a family of three daughters and their father. The father is strict, he is a man of god and has brought his daughters up under strict religious rule! In fact, he believes that his daughters are actual angels, sent from God.
He also believes that the Devil is among them and that a new Messiah in the form of a scared young child which he has chained to a post in his garden is going to cast the devil back to hell.
Here’s the thing, although it looks like this is set in the 1800s, it has to be set sometime after 1962. The daughters find a cassette player with a cassette inside. The father makes them believe that the cassette is from the Devil himself. He tells his daughters that the Devil can hide in many things, including music & poetry. Cassettes didn’t come out until 1962. This gives the film a vibe like The Village. A group of religious nuts that live in the hills, kept away from the greed and sins of the modern world.
Luz: The Flower of Evil may not have had the mayhem, cults or satanic goat action I was looking for but the film meant something much more and a film that sticks around in your head after viewing.
After watching the trailer, it was hard not to compare what we saw to Ari Aster’s Midsommar or Robert Eggers, The VVItch.
That was completely to do with jaw-dropping scenery, the nightmarish plot drenched in blood and sunshine…and of course, the goat. As similarities go, it stops there.
Luz looks at the atrocities that one can get away with when believing that their dangerously delusional actions are coming from a higher power. If you think, and others believe that you’re doing God’s work while committing sins that only the Devil can be proud of, it shines a dark light on the fine line of what is good and what is evil.
LUZ: THE FLOWER EVIL
Written & Directed by Juan Diego Escobar Alzate
Language: English dub and Spanish/Original with English subtitles
Distributor: Dark Sky Films
Produced by: Juan Diego Escobar Alzate
Cast: Yuri Vargas (Revenge Strategy, Playing with Fire), Conrado Osorio (Sniper: Ultimate Kill, La Reina del Sur), Andrea Esquivel (Afuera del Tiempo, The Hunters), Sharon Guzman (La Reina del Sur 2, Noobees Nickelodeon), Jim Munoz (TV’s One Way Out), Johan Camacho (Guelcom tu Colombia), Daniel Paez (Narcos)
Dark Sky Films brings LUZ: THE FLOWER EVIL to Digital + VOD on September 15th.
As always, thanks for reading.
Words by GG
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