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Grace (2009)

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Posted 9th September 2009 at 04:02 PM by Philleh

Grace (2009)
Anchor Bay/Starz

Michael and Madeline Matheson are happily married and trying for a baby. Live is good and plans are coming to fruition, when doctors announce that Madeline is pregnant the couple are ecstatic. Michaelís wealthy family hold a meal for the parents-to-be, itís evident that his dominant mother, Vivian, is bitter at Madeline and is envious at her forthcoming motherhood. The evening ends in a fight, but worse is yet to come; on the way home the couple are involved in a car crash that leaves Michael dead and their unborn baby very much like its father.

Determined to see this baby delivered, Madeline carries the baby to term. A girl is born and declared dead at birth, then a miracle happens and the young girl, named Grace, begins to breathe. Shocked and amazed her doctor, Dr. Lang, is baffled by the miracle; Madeline returns home and refuses to let the doctors attend to Grace. But as Grace grows, it becomes apparent that something is wrong with her; she starts to attract flies and she will only feed off of blood. Unfazed, Madeline is determined to see her baby girl grow, and that means supplying her with blood; be it hers or whoeverís unlucky enough to visit.

Grace is sure to turn a few heads, and possibly stomachs; itís an inventive little slice of nastiness that also had a big heart. Paul Soletís debut is mature enough to take the material seriously and treats it with the respect it deserves; this could easily have fallen into the exploitation bracket but Solet is determined to keep the film from falling into that category by giving the audience plenty of food for thought. Is Grace a zombie? A vampire? Is she the next step in human evolution? Or is she simply a miracle? Thatíll be left up to the individual to decide. One thing that is unquestionable though, Madelineís dedication to her baby; her maternal instinct is almost animalistic in its sincerity.

The film is not a fast-paced gore-fest to rival something like Inside (2007), itís a smartly paced little shocker that will intrigue the viewer more than itíll disgust or shock. Thatís not to say it doesnít have its Ďgross-outí moments, for it has a few up its sleeve, but they still remain tasteful in their depiction; such as a lactation scene that will leave many men feeling dirty inside. The film also contains some animal cruelty footage, but itís of the PETA variety so itíll not be removed from the UK release, but it still provides a shock when itís shown. Overall, Grace marks the arrival of a talented new filmmaker whoíll be worth keeping an eye on in future.

Directed by: Paul Solet

Written by: Paul Solet

Madeline Ė Jordan Ladd
Michael Ė Stephen Park
Vivian Ė Gabrielle Rose
Dr. Lang Ė Samantha Ferris
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