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DIRECTOR Ari Aster
CAST Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro

Toni Collette excels in this highly accomplished depiction of domestic turmoil, rooted in grief, with consistently surprising twists and turns.

This refreshingly effective nightmare chronicles the lives of the Graham family, who begin to discover increasingly horrifying secrets about their ancestry after the death of their grandmother Ellen. Even after she’s gone, Ellen casts a foreboding shadow, especially over the teenage Charlie (Shapiro), with whom she always had an unusual fascination. As an overwhelming terror assails the household, mother Annie (Toni Collette) is forced to explore a darker realm in the hope of escaping the sinister fate her family seem to have inherited. First-time writer-director Ari Aster delivers a highly accomplished depiction of domestic turmoil, rooted in grief, with consistently surprising twists and turns.
(2018 USA 127 mins)

Part relationship psychodrama, part ghost story, part exploration of inherited madness, Hereditary is a film which refuses to parlay into a set definition of horror, which is its twisting, slippery strength. It begs to be rewatched, reconsumed and resurrected so that some part of its spiralling weirdness might become more familiar. Although there’s plenty of unsettling imagery present that’s liable to haunt audiences for years to come, it’s Aster’s thematic ambition which transforms it into a smiling, intoxicating villain of a film that gets under your skin and sinks into the marrow of your bones.  Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies

BBFC advice: Contains strong threat, gory images, language and drug misuse
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