Whilst a countless number of films centre on a loving relationship between a man and a woman, guiding audiences through a story about finding love, it is hard to think of films in which the woman happens to be a corpse.
For Pinar Sinan’s Nekro, this is indeed the case; presenting a surprisingly touching and emotional tale about a man who finds love in the corpse of a young woman. Through its unflinching portrayal of necrophilia, we are introduced to Ihsan; a lonely man working at a local hospital. Exceptionally portrayed by Mehemt Yilmaz Ak, it is a combination of his performance and Sinan’s direction that leads to an understanding of Ihsan, possibly making his acts somewhat forgiveable.
One’s belief in Ihsan’s discomforting love for the dead woman is so genuine, and thus becomes comfortable. His nature seems to flourish along with the film and that is the true mastery of Nekro‘s plot. This hooks you with a subtle charm and wit that is desperately needed in a tale so dark. The film feels introspective to watch, and yet it is littered with moments of pure innocence. Again, combining the talents of Yilmaz Ak and Sinan, they have found the perfect balance in the appeal of a character who is far from flawless, but whom you can sympathise with and regard for.
In one unforgettable scene, Ihsan, in an attempt to fit into his co-workers social circle, begins to laugh along with their jokes. Manically, he continues past what is socially accepted and almost screams himself breathless. As if to mock them, Ihsan releases this sudden surge of humour and hidden anger simultaneously. It is fascinating to watch and, like similar moments in the film, an absolute pleasure.
Simply put, Nekro is a remarkably unforgettable film; unsettling yet tender and loving.
Nekro will be screened at Indie-Lincs 2016 on Saturday 12 March; between 16.00 and 18.00 in a 16+ screening with Mario Roberto’s Twine and Connor O’Hara’s Wander.
The film has been nominated for 2 awards: the BIG IMP for Best Feature Film, and the ANGRY IMP for Most Challenging Film.
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- Reviewed by Ben Reynolds