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[Cannes ’21] ‘Inherent’ review: Horror short scares in silence

Love and violence.

Inherent is a short film from the Cannes Film Festival that seems like it will be beholden to a clever gimmick. The Danish film is about a teenaged girl who seems to a have fallen for a local boy. It soon becomes clear this is more than just a crush. She must choose between the sinister presence in her attic that she serves or her desires.

The short effectively uses dialogue during its runtime. Inherent does not have long periods of silence that are punctuated by the occasional exclamation. There is no dialogue throughout the entire film. This is a great decision that draws audiences in. It is up to the settings and the actor’s expressions to fully convey the story. Inherent is little more than a series of scenes made all the more potent with just the sound of crunching footsteps and rustling wind.

This all culminates in a memorable final scene.

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This does mean that Inherent only contains surface level character depth. The story is never able to provide deep emotional impact. Still, its simple story is a good one. The engrossing plot moves from one moment to the next leaving viewers wondering what is around the corner. This all culminates in a memorable final scene that will stick anyone who watches.

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