MICHAEL O’SHEA MAKES AN IMPRESSIVELY CONFIDENT DIRECTORIAL DEBUT WITH THE TRANSFIGURATION, A VAMPIRE MOVIE THAT LOOKS, FEELS, WALKS AND TALKS LIKE A GRITTY US INDIE FLICK
This surprise hit of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival is not just your run of the mill vampire film.
The Transfiguration is a slow burn of movie. Far from being a horror film - although it isn’t without elements of the genre form - it’s more a tale of a young outsider’s coming of age. Milo is a 14 year old who believes himself to be a vampire. In one of his moments alone roaming the New York housing project where he lives he encounters Sophie (Chloe Levine) who like Milo is also an outsider looking for a place.
From there an unusual relationship develops as both explore their own place in an environment that is at times much more random in its violence than Milo’s personal drive.
For those with a taste for genre The Transfiguration has plenty to offer in a fresh take on the form in both style and story and in so doing provides audiences with a film filled with contrasts and cinematic contradictions.