BE RIGHT BACK (Slamdance 2022) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Be Right Back, Frauke Havemann’s second feature, opens as a woman wanders for reasons unknown through a forest, eventually stumbling across what appear to be a small group of seemingly stranded one-time holiday makers at a cluster of otherwise abandoned cabins. This is one of those strange, captivating little films that holds its cards close to its chest; we know far less about the characters and their circumstances than what another filmmaker might offer us. And it works. There’s an enormous sense of playfulness here, and Havemann knows precisely what crumbs to give us and when, making this curious film quite a charming experience.

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