Italian short shocker Ferine is a grisly tale that borrows from nature, particularly from species that see the female kill her partner after the act of mating. It’s simply told, beautifully presented, and absolutely chilling.
Anna Della Rosa stars as a feral woman who breaks into a house, bathes and dresses up, and then goes to an almost empty parking lot to lure a random male (Alessandro Mor) as a sex partner. What happens after that begins a series of violent acts that lead to the notion that this instance is part of a cycle that likely won’t end anytime soon.
Writer/director Andrea Corsini’s screenplay is very light on dialogue, with Della Rosa giving an eerie, wordless performance. She is unemotional in both the ways of a psychopath and an animal predator. Mor is also strong as the woman’s terrified, confused victim. Corsini keeps viewers as in the dark about the proceedings as the victim himself, allowing the suspense to build and paying things off handsomely. Francesco di Perro’s cinematography is sumptuous, capturing the gorgeous forest shots and the stark parking lot landscapes beautifully.
Ferine is guaranteed to raise goosebumps. It’s a haunting short that is destined to stay with viewers long after it ends.
Ferine screened as part of Portland Horror Film Festival’s virtual edition, which ran June 10 and June 17–21.(4 / 5)