In this twisted take on infertility, an artist and her obstetrician
husband are happily married but unable to conceive. When they
decide to adopt a beautiful little boy named Jin-sung from
the local orphanage they love him as their own. Quiet and
introverted the young boy plays happily in the back yard under
the long dead acacia tree until they fall pregnant. With the
birth on a sibling Jin-sung feels alienated from his adopted
family and so runs away. With his departure the long dead
acacia tree begins to bloom gloriously, emitting a thick scent
throughout the house with terrifying effect. Is the cause
of the unholy occurrences and accidents due to the ghostly
apparitions or is Jin-sung out for his revenge...?
I don't think I could class Acacia as a horror film.
But then again I don't think I could not class this as a horror
film either. It doesn't fit into any categories.
is a film based on atmosphere and I believe is a lot better
for it. It doesn't try to bombard you with scary images (they
turn up in their own sweet time) and it doesn't try to welcome
you into watching it. Sometimes it feels like the film would
prefer it if you just shut down your DVD player and went off
to read a nice gardening book. This does have it's drawbacks.
When its hard to warm to a film, it can also be difficult
to feel the effects of what the director wants you to feel.
the scary aspects don't work as well as you feel they should,
and sometimes you do get bored watching a scene where people
are neither doing or saying anything.
the film does look absolutely wonderful and the acacia tree
looks more and more frightening as the film progresses.
include a making of featurette and some deleted scenes alongside
some film notes. A good film if you have the patience and
you want to put the effort in. Poor extras.
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