Confessions (2010)

How far would you go to avenge the death of someone you loved?

If you knew that a person whose every living breath was a gift to you, an individual whose very presence enriched your whole existence by being a part of it, and they are taken from you, wrenched so suddenly from life that your heart becomes nothing but darkness from every day forth, would you be able to sit back and let them get away with it

It’s unimaginable that someone could deliberately take something so precious from another and not feel remorse or guilt for the sins inflicted on another and the ripple effect that spreads into the lives of everyone touched by the crime, but it happens. There is proof of it every day in newspapers, on television and a whole genre of film that glamorises and glosses over the carnage that happens after a brutal murder, and the world laps it up like it’s nothing but another episode of Jersey Shore, but when a child is the victim, the mob mentality that is created by the media is nothing short of ridiculous.

Sometimes mental illness is the cause, bad upbringings, or just sheer boredom, and though these things should be taken into consideration when these cases are heard, they aren’t excuses, and they don’t comfort families and fill empty spaces at dinner tables.

I don’t have a child and when these stories come up in the news I am frequently, and most patronisingly told that I don’t understand because I haven’t squirted a human out of my lady parts as a party trick, though, I do have a family and would naturally want to murder anyone that hurt them, but we have laws and a justice system for a reason, and without them we’re just one big circus with no ringleader.

Based on a novel by Kanae Minato, Confession’s is the story of a teacher whose four year old child has been murdered, but the death has been ruled an accidental drowning. She is determined to prove her theories correct and she possesses the terrible knowledge that among her class are the two students that carried out the crime. Luckily, she does have a plan of retribution prepared that you will not see coming.

Asian horror has been on the wane for the past few years the success of films quickly stolen and Americanised have led to a barrage of terribly bland films that have been forgettable and unimpressive, but Confession’s is one of the most brilliantly stylish and original films I have seen in a very long time. There is no meandering set up, or explanation of the plot, it punches you in the gut from the very first scene and leaves you enraptured until the closing credits. Intellectually stimulating, skull crawlingly creepy and beautifully shot, this should be on every horror fans list of ten films to see before they die. Powerful dialogue with a jaw dropping ending, it is almost romantic in its bleak message. The soundtrack is so perfectly chosen, edited with the kind of dark humour that makes you laugh out loud in parts and featuring music from the XX, Boris and the Radiohead song last Flowers that fits so beautifully with the theme of the film it could almost have been written especially for it.

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