Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil ★★★½

Speak no Evil opens with the beautiful sights of Tuscany, displaying scenes of two families forming a connection over melancholic music and bottles of sumptuous red wine. Of course, as the hackneyed title of the picture suggests, this is only a tormenting tease of joy before director Christian Tafdrup ensures we writhe with discomfort.  

What occurs following the arrival of a Danish family at an isolated home in the Netherlands is a disturbing exposé on politeness in the face of hostility and, most of all, politeness at the expense of safety.  

Yes, the film asks the audience to suspend copious amounts of disbelief, and will have you constantly questioning the decisions of its foolish protagonists, but Speak no Evil is impressively unforgiving in its attempts to shock and unnerve.

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