Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Witch Hunters (2018) is the most charming film at Reelabilities 2020

THE WITCH HUNTERS is a charmer.

The film is the story of Jovan a young boy trying to come to terms with his Cerebral Palsy. He leads an orderly life, goes to therapy every day to help mitigate the disease and is bullied  by some bigger kids. Everything is thrown into disarray when Milica, the new girl in class, is plopped down next to him. She won't take crap from anyone and she shares Jovan's love for flights of fancy.  And she needs his help, she thinks her father has been bewitched. Jovan will have to act to help his friend... if only he wasn't afraid of taking the bus.

I have no idea why more people aren't talking about this winning film. Beautifully acted and expertly told this feels more real like what it was like to be a kid than most other films. This is real life tinged with fantasy and it is something special. Its so special that when I finished it I started emailing friends insisting that they see it.

The biggest reason the film works is that Mihajlo Milavic and Silma Mahmuti are perfect in the leads. They nail what it means to be a kid. most importantly they genuinely seem to like each other and I could imagine them hanging out even after the cameras stop rolling.

I don't know what to say beyond that other than this is an absolute delight and highly recommended.

See THE WITCH HUNTERS at the Reelabilities Virtual Film Fest tomorrow at noon. For more information and tickets go here.

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