By Justin Waldman
For someone’s Feature debut to be so absolutely beautifully twisted and messed up is such a delight and that is exactly what Hanna Bergholm manages with Hatching. It is a rare occurrence to see something that embraces the work of David Cronenberg and Yorgos Lanthimos so perfectly, but that is what gets delivered by Screenwriter Iija Ratusi. Hatching is a haunting, terrifying, creature family movie.
The Mother, Sophia Heikkila, has a blog about the perfect family love with her Finnish family and documents every single aspect of their life to portray the perfect family. The Horror is already set, as no such thing truly exists, and everything seems ideal until Tinja played by Siira Solalinna hands a crow to her mother, that she ends up killing, and Tinja brings its egg into the house and cares for it, as it grows, grows, and turns into something truly horrifying.
Things starts to unfold when the egg hatches and the sinister underbelly of the Film truly gets to shine in this funny, disturbing, and inventive feature debut, Hatching. It is not too gruesome for those that enjoy the Horror aspect without getting too squeamish and delivers the absolute insanity genre fans crave.
Siiri Solalinna and her Co-stars Jonna Aaltonen and Hertta Karen steal the show. Their performances from either hiding the hatchling or being the horror that lurks, truly is exceptional from such young talent. It is captivating, powerful, horrifying, and occasionally hilarious. Hatching is an endless joy that will please the light horror fans and satisfy the itch for those looking for something darker and more sinister.
Hatching screens at Sundance as follows:
Premiere: Jan 23rd at 1:55 am EST
Second Screening: Jan 24th at 10 am EST (available for 24 hours)