Melanie Crow (Amy Crowdis) is a reclusive young girl who copes with the recent suicide of her mother by constructing a life-size muslin doll to keep her company. At first the doll, called Mor (voice of Shirley Knight), appears to be a harmless novelty - an imaginary friend. But as Melanie's grasp on reality slips away, she begins to project her mother's voice onto the strange masked being and the delusional relationship turns into a disturbing co-dependence between her split-personas. As Melanie's feelings for a handsome goth named Dukken (Robin Lord Taylor) begin to emerge, Mor becomes jealous and suspicious and the relationship between the doll and Melanie starts down a disturbing and violent path.
A good performance from the lead (Amy Crowdies), and her journey is certainly interesting, but it is difficult to know what we are expected to take from the film. In linear terms, is the story just Amy’s reaction to her own grief? Are we being told not to have anything to do with outsiders, because they are superficial? Don’t trust lads who wear make-up?
For a modestly budgeted slow-burner, I found a lot to enjoy here. The locations are suitably isolated to lend us a sense of Melanie’s isolation, and the chilly weather adds to this, whilst helping create some picturesque small-town settings. My score is 6 out of 10.
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