Kristina Ceyton, Kristian Moliere, Jan Chapman (executive), Jeff Harrison (executive), Jonathan Page (executive), Michael Tear (executive) for Causeway Films, Smoking Gun Productions
directed by Jennifer Kent
starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Tim Purcell, Benjamin Winspear, Craig Behenna, Hayley McElhinney, Carmel Johnson, Chloe Hurn, Cathy Adamek, Adam Morgan, Stephen Sheehan, Terence Crawford, Jacqy Phillips, John Maurice, Barbara West, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight, Lucy Hong, Bridget Walters, Tony Mack
written by Jennifer Kent, music by Jed Kurzel
Samuel (Noah Wiseman) has always been a slightly odd child who has been
more interested in magic tricks and self-designed weaponry than anything
else. Amelia (Essie Davis), his single mother - dad died in a car accident
when he drove mum to the hospital to have Samuel -, tries her best to give
him the best of cares, but there's only so much she can do. One day she
reads a fold-up picture book to him about the Babadook, which both she and
he find entirely too disturbing, as the titular character of the book is a
soulhunter. After that, Samuel's behaviour changes for the weirder, and he
also shows a violent side - to an extent that he's expelled from school.
Amelia takes a few days of sick leave to look after her son, but soon has
to notice they're not alone in the house, there's another presence there
with them - and it might be the Babadook ...
is based on a very interesting premise and is full of well-conceived
psychological undercurrents, the children book's are is crepy and
integrated into the film to full effect, the ensemble cast is very
competent ... and yet, the film fails to fully convince, basically because
the finale feels a bit random and lacks stringency, and the film's ending
leaves a few too many questions open and refuses to make too much sense.
totally worth a look, but not without room for improvement.