Honeymoon (USA, 2014, 87′)
di Leigh Janiak
con Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway
Young newlyweds Paul and Bea travel to a remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.
“Honeymoon is a transformation tale. It tells the story of newlyweds Paul and Bea and how something beautiful can become monstrous. I wanted to tell an intimate, grounded genre story. I was inspired by Polanski’s paranoid thrillers where the horror gnaws from within. Paul and Bea share an intimacy that only couples can. They know each other’s minds. They know each other’s bodies. Their emotional endurance is tested as the narrative explores how far love can be pushed when it’s tortured and under attack. Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway hadn’t met prior to being cast, but their talents created an on-screen relationship that reflects the nuance of a couple who has known each other for years. The chemistry they share as Bea and Paul is imbued with youthful energy and desperate fear. Honeymoon is an exploration of how the familiar can become alien. There should be a sense of impending doom bubbling under everything — contamination creeping into every scene, a slow-rotting, spoiling sensation. When you’re walking home from the theatre with a friend, when you climb into bed next to your partner, hopefully there’s a nagging: “Who is this person next to me?”.
– Leigh Janiak