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Cuckoo – TIFF Next Wave 2024

Cuckoo TIFF Next Wave
Art house horror that will likely polarize people, though Hunter Schafer and Dan Stevens give memorable performances.

Cuckoo – TIFF Next Wave 2024

Release Date: August 9, 2024
Runtime: 01:42
Synopsis:
A 17-year old girl is forced to move with her family to a resort where things are not what they seem.

Table of Contents

A 17-year-old girl discovers something sinister at a resort in the German Alps in . 17-year-old Gretchen () is forced to move with her father Luis (), stepmother Beth (), and half-sister Alma () to the Resort Alpschatten in the German Alps run by Mr. König (). Gretchen finds out that there is something sinister going on at the resort when she is attacked by a hooded blonde woman (), who lets out a piercing shriek. With the help of police detective Henry (), Gretchen tries to get to the bottom of what is happening before her family is put in harm's way.

Cuckoo Synopsis

Cuckoo is the sophomore feature film from German writer/director Tilman Singer (Luz). The film stars Hunter Schafer (Euphoria, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes) as Gretchen, the outcast of her family unit, who would rather be back home in America with her mother. While working part-time as a receptionist at the resort, Gretchen tries to run away with fellow guest Ed (), but they are attacked by a hooded woman, whose shriek causes fluctuations in time. Fearing for the life of herself and her family, Gretchen tries to discover what is happening at this German resort.

My Thoughts on Cuckoo

While more accessible than Tilman Singer's extremely experimental 2018 debut Luz, Cuckoo is still a very arthouse horror film that might end up polarizing audiences with its supernatural threat and very ear-piercing sound design. That said Hunter Schafer shines in her first leading film role, while Dan Stevens (The Guest) steals the film as the vaguely sinister flute-playing resort host Mr. König.


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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.