In Marcin Wrona’s Demon, a dybbuk possesses a bridegroom on his wedding day. Sensing something is wrong, his father-in-law gets the wedding guests drunk while tending to the bridegroom. Itay Tiran, who plays the bridegroom, dazzles as a man possessed, contorting his body and his words. Though occasionally erotic and wry—with a funny supporting character, a boozy doctor who swears he’s sober—Demon doesn’t offer enough laughs or lust to pique our interest. Nor is it tense or involving, even though it’s a mystery. A mystery that, much to the movie’s detriment, is never clearly resolved. Ultimately, Demon seems most concerned with reveling in the increased inebriation of the wedding guests, and one striking dancing scene captures a palpable feeling of vertigo. Too bad, then, that the climax and denouement fall flat.

In Polish, English, & Yiddish

By Alec Julian & Carrie White





One thought on “Demon

  1. A Jewish literary and theatrical long-implemented theme. It was not a great success for a young Polish director of tratgic fate.

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