Director Sulev Keedus paints three powerful portraits of powerless women at different points in Estonia’s stormy history.
A time-jumping triptych of female character studies, The Manslayer/The Virgin/The Shadow is a long-gestating, ambitiously scaled portmanteau project from veteran Estonian art house director […]. Winner of the top cinematography prize at Black Nights Film Festival [Tallinn, 2017], this visually ravishing epic is a stellar showcase for rising Baltic screen star Rea Lest, who plays different heroines in each of the three chapters.
The Manslayer/The Virgin/The Shadow is a beautifully
crafted work whose strong performances, novelistic textures and painterly visuals deserve a wider audience beyond the Baltic region. […] Skilled at suggesting inner torment behind a placid facade, Lest’s quiet intensity and moon-faced magnetism serve these anguished characters well. A strikingly avant-garde score, by Latvian composer Martynas Bialobzeskis, amplifies her emotional dislocation with its discordant scrapes and doleful drones. Most of all, the cinematography of Erik Pollumaa and Ivar Taim is exquisite throughout, with a lyricism to rival Tarkovsky and chiaroscuro worthy of Caravaggio.
Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter