Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil ★★★★

“Because you let me.”

That line has ingrained itself into my mind. We, as well as the characters, stick around and try to politely accept the increasingly banal and unhinged behaviors of these hosts. Despite witnessing red flag after red flag, the irrational, human need to not blow things out of proportion or come across as rude, makes us suffer through this progressively unruly hellscape of a vacation. Director Christian Tafdrup doesn’t reward our patience. Instead, he snuffs out the light at the end of the tunnel. Our world is full of nasty, cruel monsters and it’s up to us if we let them use our politeness to their advantage. Speak No Evil is meticulous in its careless pacing, slowly plotting in its momentum, and boasts a climax that will hit viewers with nauseating force.

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