Family drama with interesting character studies and performances. Sadly Le Van Kiet seemed constantly change direction and made it quite confusing to follow. Supernatural elements reflected in trauma and sleep paralysis but its story didn't nicely hold up.
Well, the movie's cover/poster definitely was really interesting, and it was mainly that which caused me to sit down and watch the 2022 Vietnamese horror movie "Bóng Dè" (aka "The Ancestral"). Well, that and the fact that it was an Asian horror movie that I hadn't already seen.Sure, I had never heard about this movie from writer and director Le-Van Kiet prior to actually sitting down and watching it. So I had no expectations to the movie, and the only thing I knew about it was what was presented in the synopsis.The storyline in "Bóng Dè" was somewhat of a swing and a miss for me. The movie offered very little of anything even remotely scary, disturbing or actually within the horror genre. This was more of a mystery than it was a horror actually. It was somewhat of a struggle to sit through "Bóng Dè", as my interest was dissipating a bit more and more as the movie trotted along.The acting performances in "Bóng Dè" were good, especially the two young girls, as they carried the movie quite well.For a horror movie then "Bóng Dè" was not a particularly great movie. There was absolutely nothing scary in this movie for a seasoned horror veteran such as myself. If you are a fan of horror movies, then chances are high that you will be sorely disappointed if you actually sit down to watach "Bóng Dè".My rating of "Bóng Dè" lands on a very generous four out of ten stars.
It's confused enough for a native Vietnamese to understand this complications. I know this can be better, the director just failed to highlight important events consider the excessive change of scenario. It's too complicated to understand what's really happening and I got lost between horror or psychology.