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Undergods

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United Kingdom, Belgium, Estonia

2021

1h 32m

Director Chino Moya

Starring Johann Myers, Géza Röhrig, Michael Gould, Hayley Carmichael

Genre Fantasy

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An otherworldly journey through a Europe in decline—an anthology collection of darkly humorous fantasy tales about ill-fated characters in a world where the bonds of family have disintegrated along with society. Two corpse collectors roam through an abandoned city, telling stories about their dreams of worlds falling apart.

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67

Austin Chronicle by

Look past the uneven narrative and you’ll find a new cinematic voice with something to prove, and the formal prowess to back it up.
80

Film Threat by Hanna B.

There might have been time for some plot-holes to be fixed, characters to be developed deeper, or some such, but Undergods manages to mesmerize and captivate every minute of the way with a bewitching visual palette and an appropriately fitting electronic score
75

The Film Stage by Jared Mobarak

Moya has a great eye for locales and his production and art designers go above and beyond utilizing what Eastern Europe has to offer.
60

The Observer (UK) by Mark Kermode

It’s a collection of grimly satirical snapshots, fitting together like the misshapen pieces of a Chinese puzzle ball to create a dyspeptic, dystopian portrait of our past, present and future.
80

Variety by Peter Debruge

Moya’s vision may be bleak — and “vision” is the right word to describe the Spanish-born director’s stunning capacity to create images and atmosphere — but there’s something unnervingly familiar about the world he creates in his feature debut.
80

The Guardian by Phil Hoad

A riptide of surrealism runs through Chino Moya’s ambitious debut feature, a fantasy suite of tales that don’t so much interlock as butt into one another and blurt out alarming, dreamlike correspondences.
50

Movie Nation by Roger Moore

There’s “cryptic” and “vague” and then “incoherent to everyone else” and unfortunately, Moya sets up shop at that end of the spectrum.
80

Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

This arresting first feature blends sci-fi and fantasy to create a worldview which is at once savagely grotesque and alarmingly familiar.

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