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The droning score from 'The Lodge' is effective in driving forward the film's dreadful climax / The Paisano

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"The Lodge" sets the stage for a slow, stylized descent into a Christmas nightmare. Set to a backdrop of hymns, madness and repentance, the film conjures an interesting foray into fanatical religious ideologies.

"The Lodge" is a brooding, melancholic take on the idea of gaslighting and purgatory - both figuratively and literally. Written and directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, the film follows soon-to-be stepmother Grace and her future stepchildren, Mia and Aidan, as well as her love interest, Richard. The four escape to Richard's cabin in the months following his first wife's brutal exit. The film briefly addresses this broken relationship in the beginning. This quickly turns and culminates in a shocking, visceral action by the mother, Laura. 

Where this film excels is in its cinematography and sound design. Both are used brilliantly throughout the film, especially as the audience starts to see Grace's psyche teeter closer and closer to her breaking point. The droning score from Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans is effective in driving forward the film's dreadful climax. 

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