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Kratt - Film Review (Sydney Underground Film Festival 2021)

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
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A modern fairy tale

Teenagers Mia and Kevin are staying at their grandma's house while their parents are at an Ayahuasca retreat. With no mobile phones or internet access, the pair are bored and visit the local library where they find an old occult book. They try out the instructions for making a Kratt, a creature from Estonian legend that will do anything asked of it, but will turn on its master if they fail to keep it busy. They succeed in creating the creature, but at a terrible cost, and soon they need to find a way to break the spell before or else.

Kratt is a bizarre dark comedy from Estonia, written and directed by Rasmus Merivoo. It's bananas. Just absolutely bananas. It features a nature cult who want to save a sacred grove while looking good on Facebook, corrupt local politicians, poorly supervised children, artificial intelligence, a conspiracy, the devil and some very poorly supervised children. There are themes of technology and its dangers vs. its benefits and human greed, with dark humour running through it all.

I'm guessing that whoever was in charge of marketing was kidding when they described this movie as "family friendly". It does have several child characters, and a scene involving lighting a fart (always a crowd pleaser with the young ones), but it also has demonic possession, gruesome murders, drug use and cannibalism. I suppose that's just something you eat popcorn to in some families, but as a heads up, this movie is rated MA15+.

Kratt will have its Australian premiere on Thursday September 9th as part of the Sydney Underground Film Festival. It will appeal to fans of Sam Raimi or the early films of Peter Jackson.
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Cost: $12 for a single ticket or $36 for a four film pass.
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