Enys Men (2022)

Enys Men is shot in colour of a fierce, rich sort, and looks as if it was made in the year it is set: 1973. It is not exactly a horror film, despite some spasms of disquiet, but an uncanny evocation of how, when left utterly on our own, we spiral inwards into our memories, dreams and fears. Mary Woodvine (who was the well-off landlady in Bait, HIFF 2019) plays a woman living on a remote Cornish island, in a simple cottage whose future condition of moss-covered dereliction she appears to foretell or hallucinate.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Jenkin’s experimental style of filmmaking’s greatest strength is how it coheres with his old-school technical abilities. Although Enys Men is in color (unlike the black-and-white hit Bait), it is still lovingly shot on 16mm, hand processed to create footage that could pass for a dusty reel of film discovered in forgotten archive. The light scratch on the images, hard cuts, and slightly out of-sync sound effects create a handsome rough texture in each scene. Rock faces, moss, and skin feel tangible and unsettling, with an eeriness reminiscent of English films made in the ’70s and ’80s by Nicholas Roeg and Derek Jarman.

Leila Latif, Indiewire

  • Language: English, Cornish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Cinema Mondo
  • Cinematography: Mark Jenkin
  • Editing: Mark Jenkin
  • Music: Mark Jenkin
  • Sound: Mark Jenkin
  • Production design: Joe Gray, Mae Voogd