Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau has garnered attention for his work in the horror genre, notably with films like “We Are What We Are” and “Perdida.” He also contributed a segment titled “I is for Ingrown” to the anthology “The ABCs of Death.” However, his latest film, “Rage,” showcased at Fantastic Fest, takes a different direction, delving into more personal and dramatic themes.
The story unfolds after Alberto, reeling from his wife’s passing, decides to start anew by moving with his son, Alan, into his late brother’s house. To his surprise, he discovers that his brother had left behind a trail of unpaid debts, and the creditors are relentless in their pursuit of repayment. Left to their own devices, Alan explores the neighborhood and sifts through his uncle’s belongings. In an old notebook, he stumbles upon eerie descriptions of a creature, leading him to suspect that his father might be a werewolf.
The film masterfully conveys the sense of emptiness that envelops its characters. The deceased mother was the glue that held Alberto and Alan together, and her absence is profoundly felt. Each character copes with their grief in their unique way, but the once-strong familial bond has disintegrated. Alberto is forced to navigate the challenges of single parenthood while grappling with the unresolved issues left behind by his brother. Alan, left alone during the day as his father tends to matters, embarks on a quest to unravel the mystery of his uncle’s disappearance. Despite moments of meandering, the film maintains a rhythmic pace that piques the viewer’s curiosity.
“Rage” stands apart from typical werewolf movies; it leans more toward drama than horror. If you’re seeking an action-packed, gore-filled flick, this may not be the right choice. Instead, the film places emphasis on character development and centers around the enigma of whether or not Alberto is a werewolf. To uncover the truth, one must watch the movie.
“Rage” will also have a screening on September 26th.