This coming of age story was inspired by the 1872 Gothic vampire novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Adapted by writer-director Emily Harris with a feminist focus, the atmospherics, lighting and music hold just enough tension to last the film’s 96 minutes.
Fifteen-year-old Lara, played by Hannah Rae, lives in seclusion on a vast country estate with her kind but distant father, Mr Bauer, played by Greg Wise, and a strict governess Miss Fontaine, played by Jessica Raine.
Late one evening, a mysterious carriage crash brings the sole survivor into their home to recuperate. The beautiful young stranger, apparently suffering from amnesia, unsettles Lara who gives her the name Carmilla. Continue reading CARMILLA : A LUKEWARM GOTHIC COMING OF AGE TALE