The Nest

Apologies for the lack of posts recently, jury duty has taken over my life for the last two weeks. While I still have one more week or so of jury duty to go, I am going try my best to get the creative juices flowing again. Fortunately, my juror experience has not quelled my thirst for film. In fact it has only further fuelled my desire for a cinematic escape. So bear with me as things slowly get back up to speed…

Today’s Shorts Spotlight film was directed by none other than David Cronenberg. For close to fifty years Cronenberg has been reinventing the way we look at cinema, especially in regards to the body horror genre. In his latest short film, The Nest, Cronenberg returns back to cerebral brand of horror that started his career. The nine-minute, single-shot film focuses on a discussion between a doctor (voiced by Cronenberg himself) and a topless patient (Evelyne Brochu). The patient is requesting that one of her breasts be removed due to a possible infestation. Over the course of the interview we learn more about how the patient arrived in this predicament and whether the doctor is suitable for the job.

The thing I enjoy the most about The Nest is the way in which it gets under your skin without relying on visual tricks. Cronenberg plants seeds verbally, but allows the audience to form all the chilling imagery on their own. Commissioned by the International Film Festival of Rotterdam , The Nest is part of the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam’s exhibition focusing on Cronenberg’s body of work. The short film will be available online for the duration of the exhibit which runs from June 22 through to September 14, 2014.

The Nest
Director: David Cronenberg / Canada / 2014/ 9 Minutes
Starring: Evelyne Brochu