Marta (Oona Chaplin) and Luis (Andres Gertrudix) move into a new apartment after the death of their child. Luis is called away on business, thus leaving Marta to spend the night in the apartment alone. Marta’s evening is interrupted when a neighbor knocks on her door. The neighbor’s husband has been in an accident. She wants to leave her young son Daniel (Sergi Méndez). Marta accepts Daniel into her home, and she quickly finds out that something is very wrong with the boy.
With PURGATORY, first-time director Pau Teixidor and writer Sergio G. Sánchez (THE ORPHANAGE) have created a supernatural thriller that is both subtle and disturbing. Elements of the story feel familiar, but a combination of naturalistic performances and Teixidor’s elegantly restrained direction create a sense of intimacy and gravitas that is often absent from supernatural thrillers. PURGATORY is a potent work that falls squarely within the tradition of fantastical Spanish cinema created by films such as THE ORPHANAGE and THE OTHERS.
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