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Mona Lisa and The Blood Moon - Review (London Film Festival 2021)

Forget What You Know. 3.5 / 5

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour.

A young girl with special abilities after escaping from an asylum enters back into the chaotic reality around her, making unexpected allies along the way.

Mona Lisa and The Blood Moon is an energetic dark comedy that uses the mania of New Orleans nightlife in its larger than life story.

Jeon Jong-seo plays Mona Lisa who through untold circumstances has supernatural abilities. After she escapes an asylum, she finds herself on the streets of New Orleans and runs into a cast of colourful characters, some of which are looking to take advantage of her newfound skills.

Ana Lily Amirpour has such an animated outlook on the world, embracing the strange and spontaneous. This energy is in every frame of this film - shot almost entirely with superwide lenses to give the world an abnormal and optimistic point of view.

The characters range from the good, the bad, and the ugly - each bringing something new and shaping Mona Lisa's outlook on this new world.

Hyper self aware with giddy excitement, Mona Lisa and The Blood Moon sweeps you up with its booming soundtrack and stylish neon imagery that gives off an unmistakable B-movie quality.

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