Final Girls Berlin Film Festival Short Review: POSTPARTUM (2015)

Directed by Izzy Lee, POSTPARTUM is a short film about a concerned woman, Diana, who visits a neighbor she hasn’t seen in awhile. When the neighbor, Holly, opens the door, her behavior is erratic and she tells Diana that she had her baby, who is sick. Diana wants to see the baby, but Holly refuses, saying Diana should leave. Diana makes her way inside Holly’s apartment and finds the source of a terrible smell, causing Holly even more distress.

In six minutes, POSTPARTUM combines the concept of Postpartum Depression with demonic babies. From the beginning, the film leaves hints that something is not right in the apartment, for example, an eviction notice on the door and blood on Holly’s fingertips. The visual storytelling is spot on leading up to the reveal and Kasey Lansdale’s portrayal of Holly is perfectly creepy and demented.

POSTPARTUM is a bite-sized look into the horrors of motherhood that could sit on a shelf with movies like ROSEMARY’S BABY and THE BABADOOK. The fact that the film is only six minutes long doesn’t make it any less worthy of that spot because of how little time it takes Lee to get to the meat of the story. Izzy Lee is definitely a director to keep an eye on over the next few years.

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