Last Night in Soho: an inspired psychological thriller

Do you believe in ghosts?” asks the protagonist of Last Night in Soho at one point in the film. Eloise Turner is a young woman with a gift. She senses things, sees things that others cannot see. Orphaned by her mother and raised by her grandmother, the young woman, an aspiring fashion designer obsessed with the 1960s, decides to leave her hometown to attend the London College of Fashion. Little by little, the city will show her images of a woman with whom she begins to feel strangely identified. Last Night in Soho can thus be understood as a mere ghost story

But the film goes beyond that. Little by little, the protagonist experiences her own disappointment. This London, so idealised by her, is far from being the London she adores so much. Edgar Wrigt, its director, seems to really want to show us a universe marked by the violent marketing of the female body in a spectacular descent into the catacombs of the London of yesterday and today. The film was presented in Spain at the Sitges Film Festival.

Review of “Last Night in Soho”

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The film has a masterful production design with which the director is able to introduce us to the London Soho night of the 60’s. And he is also able to compare it with the present day showing us a really beautiful and wonderful fusion between two eras. The overwhelming shots of the neighbourhood and emblematic places of the city make up a successful London night with a more than successful aesthetic approach. To do so, the film makes use of the strange time travels that its protagonist experiences every time he is left alone in his room. With this game of mirrors, Eloise travels every night to another decade in which she seems to merge with another woman, Sandie, a young and ambitious aspiring singer

But what at first seems like glamour and fun soon turns into a dead end for Sandie, who will soon see her great dream of becoming a star cruelly dashed. As the plot progresses, horrifying events begin to unfold, keeping the viewer intrigued

Analysis

The performances of the leads are superb. Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie are utterly convincing and magnetic. The film rides the line between horror and thriller, and some will recognise in more than one frame a nod to films such as Black Swan or Mulholland Drive. With its imaginative transitions between reality and dream, the film shows us powerful images of the London of the past and also denounces sexual abuse in the show-business industry. The director shows us the bright, colourful and fun side, but also the excess and perversion of nightlife

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A film with a message

The film also has an excellent soundtrack full of themes from the sixties to complete an almost perfect setting. The photography, editing, costume design and make-up are impeccable. In short, a more than interesting bet. An authentic audiovisual spectacle with a message. Violence against women, their dependence on men to achieve their goals and mental illness are themes that are dealt with in the film, giving it depth but without being preachy. A disturbing story about fame and lost illusions, about incurable wounds and monsters and redemptions told in the form of a psychological thriller with hints of gore cinema that grips and maintains the tension until the end


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