Sapphic Sci-fi After Blue is a sort of beautiful fever dream, one you really just have to see to get it.
In a faraway future, on a wild and untamed female-inhabited planet called After Blue, lonely teenager Roxy unknowingly releases a mystical, dangerous, and sensual assassin from her prison. Roxy and her mother Zora (Elina Löwensohn) are held accountable, banished from their community, and forced to track the murderer named Kate Bush down. Haunted by the spirits of her murdered friends, Roxy starts a long journey pacing the supernatural territories of this filthy paradise.
Bertrand Mandico's (The Wild Boys) latest "plays like a lesbian El Topo (in space!)" featuring 35mm in-camera practical effects, epic set pieces, and a dazzling score by Pierre Desprats. Written and directed by Bertrand Mandico, and starring Elina Löwensohn (Knife+Heart, Let The Corpses Tan, Nadja, Schindler's List, Simple Men), Vimala Pons (Elle), Agata Buzek (Redemption), and Paula Luna. After Blue is a wild, weird, and fantastical ride.
Annie, get your gun. Take a look at this After Blue clip, featuring Kate Bush and a fantastic hat.
And now I'll subject you to some of my original notes out of Fantastic Fest. I saw this movie very late, and it's so beautiful and strange that half the time I thought I might be dreaming. I was not.
"Are you looking at my hat? It’s an extension of my thoughts." Naturally, I jotted this bit down. Surprising no one at all. Along with the following thoughts:
A planet where men don’t exist and the women dress like fantastic witches and grow strange hairs from their necks. V horny. Things are dripping. Very beautifully shot. The aesthetic reminded me slightly of seeing Legend for the first time, everything is fantastical and dreamy and also nightmarish. Legend if Legend was French and maybe on acid and also v horny, mostly gay and obsessed with bodily fluids.
After Blue is now available on VOD.