‘Fever Dream’ Review: Claudia Llosa Returns with Surreal Netflix Thriller About Every Mom’s Worst Nightmare

‘Fever Dream’ Review: Claudia Llosa Returns with Surreal Netflix Thriller About Every Mom’s Worst Nightmare
A frightened young mother named Amanda (Maria Valverde) is being dragged on her back through a dark marsh. Worms — worms that are everywhere inside the body. “You have to understand what’s important,” the pre-teen David (Emilio Vodanovich) invisibly whispers into her ear canal. “Where’s my daughter?” Amanda asks. That’s not important. Beautiful Carola (Dolores Fonzi) leaning her head out of a car window, her curled blonde hair catching in the wind. A slow river seeps by into everything it touches. You have to pay attention to the details. Horses breeding and dying. Souls in flight.

Adapted from Samanta Schweblin’s 2014 novel of the same name, ; it’s a cold shiver of a film that doesn’t unfold so much as it sweats out, the most effective scenes febrile with maternal panic so intense that you can feel the movie hovering between life and death — allure and repulsion.
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