Available on VOD
Coming to DVD on April 25, 2023
Just what Elsa (Lou Lampros) transforms into in The Strange Case of Jacky Caillou may have many viewers believing she’s a Loup-Garou, but truth be told, what changes inside can be much worse! This French-made film offers a great mystery.
Ultimately, this tale is focused on Jacky (Thomas Parigi) and the relationship with his grandmother Gisèle (Edwige Blondiau), who is a local healer. She uses folk medicine and her gift of altering one’s electrical meridians through the laying of hands (she calls it magnetic therapy) to cure the sick. She hopes to pass on her talent to him, but not everyone in the village is convinced he has that magic, too. Sadly, when she passes, the villagers will have no one else to turn to.
When Elsa and her father are seeking help, this shaman does her best. Sadly, during the film, she passes away, and it’s up to the lad to either carry on the tradition or do something else. This girl really wants a cure. But with no one to assist, what she becomes is unknown. However, when she talks about freedom as her ailment worsens, there may be some rhetoric added on top. Both want to distance themselves from the past, and Jacky’s story is important. He’s a talented indie alt experimental musician who needs to move to the big city to get recognized.
What’s amazing about The Strange Case of Jacky Caillou is that it is not a full-blown tale of terror. It’s more of a gentle thriller. When the little town is finding their sheep regularly killed by some wolf, they want answers. Everyone thinks Jacky knows something, and to get a resolution means making him do things against his character. Sadly, folk horror doesn’t receive enough love these days. When the right film arrives though,the details put into the screenplay are worth the study!
4 Stars out of 5