Madeline Matheson is eight months pregnant and determined to deliver her unborn child, Grace, naturally. When an accident leaves Grace dead inside her, Madeline insists on carrying the baby's corpse to term.
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Rotten: Grace is just a stretched thin short film, as the mother-in-law with the unsettling maternal issues, the corrupt doctor, and the lesbian midwife material don't fit in.
- Adam Lippe, Examiner.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rotten: ...a love-it-or-hate-it proposition...
- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rotten: Creepy, yes, but what's the point of all of this bratty, poignance-free bloodletting?
- Ed Gonzalez, Village Voice, Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Strange film. At times horrifying, but overall, not a perfect film.
- FilmFanatik, Monday, November 9, 2009
Lesbian heartache! Crooked doctors who die easy! Conniving, lactating menopausal mothers-in-law! Carnivorous black cats! Vegan dieting! All of that and more in this film! Oh, right, and theres a zombie baby that needs human blood to live named Grace. Get it? Grace? Ha? Be disturbed! this movie insists. Or die from laughter, it unwittingly adds. The movies premise actually lured me in, because there seemed like some interesting disturbances to be mined from this, and not the trite, psychologically absent fodder actually contained within. A baby that dies mere weeks before the due date, is carried to term because the mother is a headcase, and the baby lives, only to require actual blood for sustenance! Intrigue! Yeah, that may work better as a short story experiment, because in trying to play up with all the seriousness it could muster the disturbing drama of such a situation, the film made a joke of itself. The movie started losing me when the progression in Maddies (the mothers) discovery of baby Graces special needs became clunky and unrealistic, taking severe leaps in guesswork in why Grace is acting the way she is. Mostly because I think the movie couldnt sustain any more of its deliberately moody pace for longer than the already-slim 84 minutes it clocked in at. After that, the movie unspooled into the realm of accidental yuks, and movies like these can never recover from that realm. The lesbian midwife subplot, the collusion of whackjob mother-in-law and corrupt doctor subplot, and even unexplained flies... it became a parfait of "WTF" which served only to distract from the core plot, which needn't this extra silly baggage. But the original premise may as well have been nourished on animal's blood, too. From juxtaposing whispered lullabyes against a bloodstained mothers bra to the heightening of the strings and quick pullaways from the flies hovering around baby Graces bleeding mouth, this movie pulled out all the visual stops in its desperate attempt to unnerve the viewer. But there was no weight to any of it. The consequences of baby Grace's condition and its affects on Maddie became more and more side-splitting, climaxing with no less than 3 doorbell-ringing visitors on the same day for a heretofore recluse of a mother, and the absolutely far-from-harrowing bloody confrontation each one experienced. I half-expected a final montage of blood doubling as tears and a lonely babys cry echoing through the night with children's music chiming and strong emphasis on the deep cellos. If only to make the movie accidentally better, I guess.
- michaelneumann, Thursday, January 14, 2010
Urgh. The neat poster art pulled me into buying this blind on DVD. Whilst this has a simple and impressive visual style combining hand-held camera techniques with tight framing and some effective close up shots, the film quite fantastically fails at selling its hook. Grace starts depressing, a tone it maintains throughout Madeline's labour, the still birth of Grace and the miraculous resuscitation that is the catalyst for the apparent bloodlust of the infant. After boringly stretching the film to breaking point for another hour there's then a sudden lurch into unintentional comedy come the ludicrous, OTT final section, replete with (spoiler) the now presumably romantically involved Madeline and midwife Patricia - in ridiculous disguises - and a get-out ending that reeks of sequel. Oh, and the sub-plot is tedius. Boring trash.
- danieljparsons, Saturday, October 24, 2009