Vesper (2022)
February 19, 2023 6:35 PM - Subscribe

Struggling to survive with her father after the collapse of Earth's ecosystem, 13-year-old Vesper must use her wits, strength and bio-hacking abilities to fight for the future.
posted by porpoise (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Pretty good cinematography/ production/ CG on a budget.

Interesting premise, but entirely fantastical. The story caught my attention though.

"Grim Dark" but the parts I expected the regular postapoc treatment ended up being social shunning or just being made to feel uncomfortable/ creeped-out. Its was super weird seeing Eddie Marsan (one of those "hey I recognize him from... (?)" actors) being a main creepy baddy.

The two leads, Vesper (Raffiella Chapman) and Camellia (Rosy McEwen) are fantastic here.
posted by porpoise at 6:41 PM on February 19

Just watched this the other night; loved the production design and the creepy, oozy, muddy feel of the world; you could feel and smell the wetness and mold and grime. And that fluid computer tech was pretty cool, even if what it was showing made no sense.

So much of the story and characterization was told in low-key hints; I liked the way it unfolded as it was happening but at the end felt like I should have known more about the world, and these people. And I definitely wanted more of the squelchy biology, but what we did get was fascinating.

Pretty good scifi flick, reminded me of Prospect but much more low-key and a bit underdeveloped.
posted by mediareport at 7:18 PM on February 20

This film made me reflect on some of the organic tech that I loved so much in the Dune books, so I very much enjoyed the world it was set in and the lack of explanation or exposition that normally pulls me out of similar films. Disgustingly good, squelchy and wet and awful and triumphanty.

I still think the most dangerous creature on earth is a teenaged girl.* Overjoyed every time another piece of media proves that right… she’s going to fuck up the post apocalyptic patriarchy, and I’m loving it.

*having once been one myself and always remembering my overheated bravado and simmering rage
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 12:24 AM on February 25

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