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With: Sydney Sweeney, Madison Iseman, Jacques Colimon, Ivan Shaw, Julie Benz, Rodney To, JoNell Kennedy, John Rothman, Brandon Keener, Miles McKenna, Stephon Fuller, A.J. Tannen, Ji Eun Hwang, Asia Jackson, Phillip Wampler
Written by: Zu Quirke
Directed by: Zu Quirke
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 90
Date: 10/13/2020

Nocturne (2020)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Allegro-ing Pains

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Part of the "Welcome to the Blumhouse" four-film series on Amazon Prime, Zu Quirke's Nocturne tells the story of two sisters, Juliet (Sydney Sweeney) and Vivian (Madison Iseman), who grow up in love with music. The both become accomplished musicians, but only Vivian gets into a prestigious music school. Her own talent overshadowed by her sister's glory, Juliet finds a diary kept by another music student that has died under mysterious circumstances. And things begin to change. It's basically a typical Faustian tale, not particularly scary, and done with a certain chilliness. It surprised me to learn that the sisters are actually supposed to be twins, even though they seem to have no emotional connection at all. Moving with her calculated, icy glare, it's hard to become involved in Juliet's plight. Nocturne is a nice-looking film with plenty of good music, and it's passable, but it's my least favorite of the four films.

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