SIFF Take: Good Manners

I’ll admit I wasn’t sure what I was in for with Good Manners. Rich society girl Ana is expecting, and hires Clara, a struggling nurse, to help her with housework until the baby comes and then fill in as the child’s nanny. Ana and Clara hit it off almost immediately, and a relationship blooms — but there’s just one, tiny problem: every full moon, Ana sleepwalks and indulges her sudden, rabid craving for raw meat. Things only get more complicated from there.

A mishmash of fairy tale, horror film, and social commentary, Good Manners is almost like three entirely different movies. Part one is a tragic love story; part two is a thriller about a mother and a son; and part three is made up of the musical numbers that stitch is all together. An hour in, the story took a sharp left turn I wasn’t expecting, and then introduced what is undeniably the most adorable monster I’ve ever seen.

Somehow it all adds up to a uniquely intriguing film, and one you want to miss.

{Good Manners screens at SIFF one more time, Sunday, June 10, 8:30pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown}

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