Synopsis: In 1980's Iran, Shideh is barred from returning to medical school due to her activities during the Revolution, her husband has been called to serve his annual military service on the front lines of the war with Iraq, rumors that Iraq will be using missiles as well as bombs are driving people out of the city in droves and now Shideh's daughter is convinced there is a djinn in their apartment building.
Oh. My. Zod. I am so excited to tell all of you about this movie I wrote this synopsis myself just to draw you in using what captured my interest.
This movis is SO good! It is a beautiful, slow-burn of a psychological thriller. I was utterly captivated and have not been able to stop thinking about it. It is pretty much bloodless but there are a few jump-scares scattered through it. It has similar vibes to The Babadook to me, but that might be the way a mother and child grow more and more isolated and imperiled.
Under the Shadow was released as a joint venture between Qatar, Jordan, and the United Kingdom, so I'm not sure if it checks the box as a second foreign film (Day of the Triffids was also Brittish) but thisisdefinitely one the best movies I've seen this year.
Available on: Netflix