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