2014. Australia. Jennifer Kent. 95 min.
Post-screening discussion with Jennifer Kent.
Saturday, March 22, 2014, 9:30 p.m.
The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center
2014. Australia. Directed by Jennifer Kent. Young widow Amelia lives with her seven-year-old son, Samuel, who seems to get odder by the day. His father’s death in an accident when driving Amelia to the hospital to give birth to him may have something to do with the boy’s unnerving behavior, which scares other children and perhaps even his own mother. But when a sinister children’s book called Mister Babadook mysteriously appears—and keeps reappearing—Amelia begins to wonder if there’s a presence in the house more disturbed than her son. Jennifer Kent’s visually stunning debut genuinely frightens us with the revelation that the things that go bump in the night may be buried deep inside our psyches, not just in the basement. An IFC Midnight release. 95 min.