review by Drusilla Blakey
Woodshock is the story of Theresa, played by Kirsten Dunst, a haunted young woman spiraling in the wake of profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug. The film forces us to take a deep look at grief and how the mix of grief, guilt and isolation can be a lethal combination.
Throughout the film, Theresa’s story is shot in reflections and mirror images. We are left to question what is real, what is a dream and what may be happening only in her mind. It’s a beautiful and sometimes haunting look at how she is processing her grief. Because of the way the film is shot, some may find the film confusing or difficult to follow. There are several things we see that are never really explained so for those movie goers that like a story to be spoon fed to them, they will not like this.
I myself had to let the film sit with me for a few days before concluding that I did enjoy it. It’s a bit slow at times and incredibly sad. But if you allow yourself to be drawn fully into the story, you can see how beautiful and moving Theresa’s story is. Kirsten Dunst gives a very moving and emotional performance. She hardly says anything at all throughout the film, but you can see her fully embrace and enter into the role and so much plays across the screen.
In addition to the film this release offers up a featurette taking you behind bringing this film to life. Decide for yourself and grab your copy of Woodshock available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.