Horror movies often turn to religion to explain the dark and mysterious workings of the mind. The Monk sees Vincent Cassel as an exceptional preacher who falls into delirium after being bitten by a venomous centipede. Similarly, Lars von Trier’s controversial movie Antichrist sees a couple descend into madness after the death of their child.
It is one of the oldest stories ever told: God and the Devil in a battle over someone’s soul. Two of the films in this collection put a new twist on that same old story. Alexander Sokurov’s Faust is an adaptation of the classic story of the enlightenment figure brought down through his dealings with the devil, while Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan reimagines the story of Job in modern Russia.
While many of the movies in this collection grapple with life’s difficulties, there are moments of grace and redemption here too. Ida, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, sets the story of a catholic nun against the backdrop of the Second World War in Poland, while The Club sees a community of priests struggling to atone for their sins in a small Chilean beach town.