Coma - Review (London Film Festival 2022)
The Present Has Come to a Halt. 2 / 5
Directed by Bertrand Bonello.
A teenage girl has the power to invite us into her dreams but also her nightmares.
During my first year at London Film Festival, Bertrand Bonello's Zombi Child took me by surprise with its visceral look at life and death. So I was intrigued to see what his follow-up Coma had in store.
A very different experience, Coma takes the lockdown project to a whole new level, throwing structure out the window, smashing themes and styles together creating a final project that feels more like a fever dream than a film.
Quarantine affected everyone differently, some more harshly than others. Coma leans into the darker impact as it wonders between dream, nightmare, and fantasy.
It has a very ethereal quality as it pulls you in begging for you to solve its mystery but ultimately it gets lost in its own delusion playing out like an anxiety-induced hallucination that becomes abstract noise rather than saying anything of worth.