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Piercing (2019, D: Nicolas Pesce) S: Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska



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Written and Directed by Nicolas Pesce
Starring Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa, Marin Ireland, Maria Dizzia, Wendell Pierce

Synopsis: Reed (Christopher Abbott) is going on a business trip. He kisses his wife and infant son goodbye, but in lieu of a suitcase filled with clothes, he's packed a toothbrush and a murder kit. Everything is meticulously planned: check into a hotel and kill an unsuspecting victim. Only then will he rid himself of his devious impulses and continue to be a good husband and father. But Reed gets more than he bargained for with Jackie (Mia Wasikowska), an alluring call girl who arrives at his room. First, they relax and get in the mood, but when there’s an unexpected disruption, the balance of control begins to sway back and forth between the two. Is he seeing things? Who's playing whom? Before the night is over, a feverish nightmare will unfold, and Reed and Jackie will seal their bond in blood.

Based on the critically acclaimed cult novel by Ryu Murakami (Audition), Director Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother, Sundance 2016) blends psychological horror with comedy and stylish neo-noir, resulting in a sly take on the fantasy of escape and the hazards of modern romance.

Universal Pictures will release the film in theaters, On Demand, and Digital on February 1st.
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Re: Piercing (2019, D: Nicolas Pesce) S: Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska

This hits digital this week. Currently 86% on RT: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/piercing
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Re: Piercing (2019, D: Nicolas Pesce) S: Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska

So I caught Piercing last night, and I have to say, I've seen better.

Mia Wasikowska is terrific as the call girl, but Christopher Abbott's restrained performance didn't work for me.

I've read that Nicolas Pesce's musical choices, close-ups of miniature buildings, and '70s-style credits were all tributes to giallo films. It maybe that I'm not the right audience since I've never seen a Mario Bava or Dario Argento film and can't really say that I've had any desire to do so. I just happened to catch Piercing by chance.

TBH, it felt considerably longer than its 81-minute running time. The story goes back and forth with who has the upper hand, but it's kind of repetitive. Also, it seems like Pesce deliberately keeps the characters at arm's length so they become hard to understand or connect with.

I didn't have a good time with this film, but I would be curious to hear from giallo fans to get their take on this movie.
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Re: Piercing (2019, D: Nicolas Pesce) S: Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska

I didn't like it and almost didn't finish it. But stuck it out and wish I never bothered with it.

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